[caption id="attachment_819117" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-819117" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Rishabh-Pant-Ishant-Sharma_AFP.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="355" /> While Ishant Sharma finished with 2/34 from his quota of four overs, for Ishant it was the winning start that was most important as DC look to set quite a few records straight in the cash-rich league. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>He wasn't thought to be good enough to be a part of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/indian-premier-league-2019-200997/">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL) last season, but that didn't deter India's Test pace spearhead <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ishant-sharma/">Ishant Sharma</a>. He went to play county cricket and returned a different bowler. What followed was a quality season in the Test circuit and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/delhi-capitals">Delhi Capitals</a> pocketed him at the auction ahead of season 12 to lead the units bowling attack in the IPL. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ipl-2019-scintillating-rishabh-pant-hands-delhi-capitals-37-run-win-over-mumbai-indians-818996">Scintillating Rishabh Pant hands Delhi 37-run win over Mumbai</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>On Sunday, Ishant once again showed why he is now a more mature bowler. On a Wankhede track where the Delhi Capitals batsmen thrived, Ishant struck early to remove both <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Mumbai-Indians">Mumbai Indians</a> openers -- <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rohit-sharma/">Rohit Sharma</a> and Quinton de Kock -- inside the powerplay. While he sent back Rohit in the fourth over, de Kock had to walk back in the sixth. <p></p> <p></p>But Ishant said it was quite crazy to watch <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Rishabh-Pant">Rishabh Pant</a> take the Mumbai bowlers to the cleaners in the first innings of the match and he was quite nervous. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/ipl-2019-opening-weekend-recap-rishabh-pant-and-andre-russell-sizzle-royal-challengers-bangalore-fizzle-819064">Opening weekend recap: Pant and Russell sizzle, Bangalore fizzle</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"Actually I was quite nervous. When you see the ball flying everywhere when Pant was batting, it shows how good a batting track it was. I was backing myself, I had a good County season, a good Test season as well and was among the wickets. I was only trying to hold my nerve and control the process, because when you try and control the results, you lose track of the processes," he explained. <p></p> <p></p>While the team played like a complete unit on Sunday, Ishant said that the biggest positive for this DC unit was the manner in which the team is gelling and the bonhomie among the players. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ipl-2019-mi-vs-dc-i-am-glad-to-bat-anywhere-the-team-wants-me-to-rishabh-pant-819076">I am glad to bat anywhere the team wants me to: Pant</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"Everyone is gelling together well and it doesn't matter what the result is, which is how the team environment should be," he said. <p></p> <p></p>While he finished with 2/34 from his quota of four overs, for Ishant it was the winning start that was most important as DC look to set quite a few records straight in the cash-rich league. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ipl-2019-mi-vs-dc-jasprit-bumrah-has-recovered-well-after-hurting-shoulder-says-mi-team-management-819082">Bumrah has recovered well after hurting shoulder, says MI team management</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"Winning the first game against Mumbai Indians is a big boost for us. We have a new side, a good support staff and it was important to start off well," he said.