Ishant Sharma ready to ‘go for the kill’ on possibly his final Australia tour

first_imgIndia pacer Ishant Sharma is ready to give it his all in what could possibly be his fourth and final tour of Australia.The most capped Test player (87 games) in the current team, Ishant had been a part of Indian sides during tours of 2007-08, 2011-2012 and 2014-2015.”I always go for the kill because when you play for your country, you can’t think of a second chance. I am 30 right now. I don’t know if I will be there for the next tour (of Australia in 2022-23) as I will be 34 by then. I will give my level best on this tour,” Ishant said during an interaction after playing his first competitive game in two months since the tour of England.Virat Kohli promises to retaliate if Australia start sledging warIshant, who got 18 wickets in five Tests in England, bowled far better than the figure suggests. The 30-year-old feels that he has matured as a bowler and it’s the mental state that at times dictates on-field performances.”I am matured right now and I know my field settings and bowl according to situations. As you grow old, there is lot of wear and tear in your body. It’s all about the mental state. If you are fit and in good mind space, you can say you are bowling well,” said Ishant, who has 256 wickets from 87 Tests.India’s best chance to beat Australia in Australia: Harbhajan SinghAs someone, who has played more Tests than skipper Kohli (73), Ishant’s aim is to mentor the next line of pacers in a manner that they can also share their expertise with others in a few years time.advertisement”I share my experience, I mean whatever experience I have. I can set the field and tell them which lengths to bowl on particular tracks. Once the younger lot becomes senior, they should also then guide the juniors.Bowlers are in a great space but batsmen need to step up in Australia: Virat KohliIshant feels that a senior shouldn’t walk with a chip on his shoulders.”They should joke around with their juniors. I am not that kind of senior who says negative things to juniors like ‘why have you done that’ etc. I am a senior who should set different benchmark for my juniors,” he said.Also Read – Watch out Australia! Virat Kohli is coming and he is not aloneIshant did admit that Australia not having Steve Smith and David Warner will be an advantage.”You can say that (advantage India). Statistics reveal that in recent years, 60 percent of their runs have been scored by Smith and Warner,” he said.WATCH: Shastri, Kohli address the media before leaving for AustraliaBut he was cautious and respectful about the opposition who will be playing in its own den.”But whoever plays for Australia must have some quality and have been a performer at their first-class level. So you can’t take them lightly. Australia in general is a tough side, the crowd can make it even tougher. But it can also make you a tough player and I never had any issues with that,” said Ishant.When asked if India are ready to shed their “poor travellers” tag, he wasn’t amused one bit.”We are not concerned about tags because as a team we know we gave our 100 percent. We shouldn’t really care what others are talking about. Because in the field, we are the ones who are going through hard times. You only have support of whole bunch of players. So we don’t really care what people talk about us.”No one is hurt more than us when we don’t win matches because we are the ones playing on the field,” said Ishant referring to the recent 1-4 defeat against England.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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