Ishant Sharma praises Zaheer Khan; hopes to see him back for South Africa tour

Ishant Sharma (above) also praised the role of Zaheer Khan in his devolpment as a bowler © Getty images

Aug 22, 2013

Ishant Sharma on Wednesday said that he enjoys the role of spearheading the bowling attack.

“I love being the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack and it is a privilege for any fast bowler. At the same time it is better not to think about these things and stay focused.”

He also went on to praise his pace partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar and said that he enjoys bowling in tandem with him.

“Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) is a different talent altogether. He has the ability to bowl at 140+ and he can swing the ball both ways. I like the way he bowls and we enjoy each other’s success. We are a happy bunch.”

Ishant also praised out-of-favour Zaheer Khan and said it would be wonderful to have him back in the team for the tour of South Africa.

“I love to play with Zaheer Khan. In my first three years of international cricket, I grew under Zak (Zaheer Khan). Whatever I am is because of him. He taught me how to bowl. Everything that I do on the field is what I learnt from him. It will be great to have him back,” Ishant was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

Talking about India’s Champions Trophy win in which Ishant emerged as a hero by picking wickets at a crucial juncture, he said, “It was a tight situation and Dhoni surprised many by giving the ball to me. He told me to just stick to what I am good at and back myself. Dhoni has some kind of belief in me. It was a crucial call, but he told me that this is the over which is going to win the game for us.”

Ishant also welcomed the comments of former New Zealand all-rounder Richard Hadlee who said that the Indian pacer needs to bowl the right length.

“Coming from a legend like him, I do value the suggestion. But then again, each one is entitled to his own opinion. I have tried to do what he is saying, but sometimes it has worked and at other times it hasn’t.”

He added, “If I am performing well, I don’t need to change anything. Bowling is more about situations and it is not easy. One has to see what he is good at. That said, it is always good to learn from the greats.”