Cynosure of all eyes after his fiery spell earned India its first Test victory at the iconic Lord’s in 28 years, fast bowler Ishant Sharma feels his efforts are never appreciated by people other than his team-mates.
“Sometimes, I feel like my efforts are never appreciated by people other than my team-mates. Even today, because I got all these wickets, people are praising me,” Sharma said after India notched up a historic 95-run win over England in the second Test on Monday.
“It has always been like that with me and now I am pretty used to it. I am experienced enough to ensure that I don’t get affected by what X Y Z is saying about me. I know that my mates have the belief in me and they appreciate what I do for the team. That’s enough for me to carry on,” he said.
Sharma’s persistent effort to bowl bouncers on a flat wicket earned him results and he said the experience has taught him a lot.
“Duncan (Fletcher) keeps telling me, ‘bowl more bouncers, bowl more bouncers’. But when you go in with a plan, sometimes it works and at times it doesn’t. Things happen suddenly. Today I got to learn that if you keep trying persistently with the short ball ploy on a flat wicket with nothing in it for you; you can get rewards you never expected”, he said.
The 25-year-old pace spearhead grabbed a career-best seven for 74 to bring England’s downfall and Sharma said his experience of playing at Lord’s in 2011 helped him.