Bridgetown (Barbados), Jul 1: Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who grabbed a career-best six-wicket haul in the ongoing second Test against the West Indies, credited his success on the tour to the tips he got from senior pacer Zaheer Khan and his IPL stint.
Ishant took a career-best 6 for 55 in the third day of the second Test and in the process completed his 100 wickets in Tests at 22 years of age, the third youngest in India and fifth youngest in the world to do so.
"In a small career, I have seen so many ups and downs. When you are down, nobody asks you," said Ishant.
Ishant is thankful to Zaheer and the rigours of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for making him a better bowler. "I am thankful to Zaheer because he always stressed the importance of fitness. I never took it seriously. Now I realise how important it is for a fast bowler to be fit."
"I also tried to copy someone else and it affected my pace and rhythm. From this IPL onwards, I began realizing why my body tires, how it recovers. With so many matches and travelling around, I learnt how to train and give off my best."
Now that Ishant has learnt the lessons of life and bowling, he wants to put them to good use to revive his flagging one-day career. .