Ishant Sharma: Jasprit Bumrah’s advice worked for me

During Day Two of the Antigua Test, Ishant heeded Bumrah’s advice of bowling with a cross seam, and it helped him clinch a five-for.

Got him: Ishant Sharma celebrates after dismissing West Indies’ Shai Hope on Friday.   -  AP

India fast bowler Ishant Sharma has attributed his success on Day Two of the first Test against West Indies to an advice by Jasprit Bumrah, his bowling partner. Ishant took three wickets from his final three overs to complete his ninth five-wicket haul in Tests as West Indies trails by 108 runs with just two first innings wickets in hand on Friday.

“There was rain and after that the ball became wet and there was nothing happening [with the ball]. So, we thought we can bowl with a cross seam. There was bounce. Actually, Bumrah told me that we can try cross seam since there is nothing happening,” Ishant, who returned with figures of 5 for 42, said.

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“The attempt was, if you bowl out the opposition as soon as possible, it is good for your team. We tried that; we were able to do that,” he told fielding coach R. Sridhar, who interviewed him for bcci.tv.

Fruitful day

It was a special day for the lanky Ishant, who scored 19 runs and shared a crucial 60-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja (58) for the eighth wicket stand during India’s innings earlier in the day. “To be honest, when I was out during our innings, I was not feeling good at all. The more I scored runs with [Ravindra Jadeja], the better it would be for the team. From 25 for 3, the kind of comeback we had, I wanted to have a long partnership with Jadeja,” said the 30-year-old pacer, who is playing in his 91st Test.

Among his five wickets were two brilliant caught-and-bowled efforts, including the fourth scalp of Shimron Hetmyer in the penultimate over of the day.

Asked about the two efforts, he gave credit to the fielding coach. “All credit goes to you (Sridhar). You always said while fielding you have to always anticipate. If you do extra work after being so tired, if you do fielding after bowling so much, your fitness is increased. As a cricketer if [the fitness] is improved, everybody can see the result, but the hard work behind it is not known [by the people]. So that is the result of hard work.”