Ishant positive of T20 form as new season begins

SRH pacer wants to regain his limited-overs mojo with IPL 2014

By IPL Staff
Abu Dhabi 12 April 2014
Ishant Sharma, the Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer, is determined to get the new season of limited overs cricket off to a fine start with Pepsi IPL 2014.

Admitting at being disappointed for not getting picked in India’s squad for the World Twenty20, Ishant is now ready to put it behind him and improve as a T20 bowler.

"You feel bad when you are not part of the T20 World Cup," Ishant said. "It is a big tournament. But it is not in my hand. If I am playing Test cricket or wherever I am playing, I have to do well in those conditions and that particular format.

"I am looking forward to do well in the new season. I am bowling well. I am in good rhythm. I played in domestic Twenty20, bowled well, took some wickets. I am confident with my bowling, and hopefully, I will do well for the Sunrisers this time as well."

Ishant was bought back by the Sunrisers in the 2014 Player Auction after he picked 15 wickets from 16 matches in the 2013 IPL season. With Dale Steyn, Ishant formed a formidable fast bowling attack for the Hyderabad franchise.

"Dale gives his plans and we set fields accordingly. That helps a fast bowler. It feels really great. I have learnt a lot from him,” Ishant said, before also giving credit to Darren Sammy.

"When he was not playing in the initial part last year, he was giving ideas to every member of the team," Ishant said of the West Indian. "All these small things help the team do well. When we sit together, it's not that we just laugh. We talk about cricket, about where we should improve."

Since the first leg of the tournament will be played in the UAE, Ishant knows he has his job cut out as he does when bowling on similarly slow Indian wickets. "I think the wicket will be the same," he said. "It does not matter whether you play in India or UAE, the wicket will be the same in Asia. You should know where you need to bowl in the T20 format. You don't need to see how the wicket is going to behave. You just need to execute your plans well."

Ishant also hopes the recent experience of playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament (India’s domestic T20 tournament) will help him hit the ground running in the IPL.

"I bowled well in South Africa and New Zealand and in the North Zone T20 tournament too," he said. "I am looking forward to doing well for Sunrisers in the IPL."
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