Injury lay-off helped me work on bowling: Ishant

Ishant has been working on his run-up as he has had a problem with no-balls.

New Delhi: An ankle surgery might have interrupted his international career, but India speedster Ishant Sharma feels the break from the game gave him an opportunity to think about his bowling and work on different areas where he felt he could improve.

Ishant feels while different people react differently to injury-forced breaks, he prefers to look at the positive side.

“Injuries are a part and parcel of any sport and different people react differently. While some feel disappointed and unlucky, I feel there is no point cribbing about issues that one has no control over. On the contrary, I feel the post-surgery break gave me enough time to think about my game. At the international level, one has to keep evolving to make an impact, so I decided that I need to bring in more variety."

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“After making my international debut, I hardly got a break. So I took the opportunity to chalk out areas I would like to work on post rehabilitation,” he said.

It was during this break that Ishant decided to work on his outswinger.

“I started feeling that bowling just the inswinger was making me predictable and I needed to bring in more variety in my armoury. That is when the idea of bowling the outswinger came to my mind. I have been working on it with Team India bowling coach Joe Dawes and feel it has started to come out of the hand beautifully. I think it will take the English batsmen by surprise,” he said.

Post rehabilitation, Ishant has also been working on his run-up as he has had a problem with no-balls.

“I have been using a measuring tape to mark my run-up as I don’t want the overstepping problem to persist. I have realised is that these things need to be sorted out while training. Issues such as over-stepping and bowling wides can’t be worked on during a match as it ends up diverting the attention from the primary goal of bowling in the right areas and dismissing the batsmen. Things have improved and I am hopeful that the problem will be resolved this season,” he said.

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