Ishant: I have not been good enough in shorter formats

"You have to be honest to yourself and that makes it easier for you to accept things. I have to accept that I haven't done well in the shorter formats. But I am doing well in Tests so I know what my strengths are."

Ishant Sharma India New Zealand

Ishant Sharma is India's most experienced pacer.   -  PTI

India’s most experienced speedster Ishant Sharma’s has done an honest introspection of his bowling and conceded that he has not been up to the mark in limited overs cricket.

“You have to be honest to yourself and that makes it easier for you to accept things. I have to accept that I haven't done well in the shorter formats. But I am doing well in Tests so I know what my strengths are. It’s important to know what your strengths are,” Ishant told BCCI.TV, a day after the two-day practice game.

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Talking about strength, Ishant explained that it varies from player to player.

“Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar)’s strength is swing but he can’t extract the bounce like I can do. Similarly, I can’t get the ball to swing like Bhuvi,” said Ishant, who has 201 wickets from 68 Test matches.

The lanky pacer stated that he is sharing his experiences with other pacers such as Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur.

“I am sharing my experiences and hoping that what worked for me will also work for them. But then they have to also identify their areas of strength.”

Conditions in the Caribbean islands will be “challenging” as it will be “hot”, and the recovery will be important for the pacers.

However Ishant said that flat pitches can’t be an excuse for the pacers.

“You have to have enough overs under your belt. You have to work hard enough even if conditions are not favourable. It is easy to give up and say there’s nothing in the wicket so spinners will do the job and we will only try to hit the areas. It doesn’t work like that. Especially for me, as I like to go flat out whether it is my second or third spell. I love to give my hundred per cent.”