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Ishant Sharma, who is on the threshold of becoming the second Indian fast bowler to play 100 Tests after Kapil Dev, said that his Test career was so long because he understood what the captain wanted from him. The third Test of the series between India and England will be played in Ahmedabad from 24 February.
Ishant made his Test debut against Bangladesh at the age of 18 under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid. He then played under the captaincy of Anil Kumble, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.
Asked which captain could best understand him, he said in a virtual press conference ahead of the third Test against England, ‘It is difficult to say who understood me best but everyone understood me well. How much I understand the captain is more important than how much I understand the captain. Ishant said, ‘It is very important what the captain wants from me. When it becomes clear, communication becomes easier. ‘
‘I do not want the lack of selection in ODIs will affect the performance in Test cricket’
Ishant, who has taken 302 wickets in 99 Tests so far, is not part of the limited overs team and has been out for a few seasons in the IPL as well. Asked whether this also helped in prolonging his career in Test cricket, he said, ‘I take it as a boon in the curse. It is not that I do not want to play limited overs cricket but when there is no opportunity to play, it is best to continue the practice. He said, ‘I do not want the lack of selection in ODIs should affect the performance in Test cricket. At least I should be thankful that I am playing a format.
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Ishant also said, ‘It does not mean that if I had played all three formats, I would not have played a hundred Tests. Probably takes a little longer. I am 32, not 42. ‘ Asked whether Kapil Dev’s record of 131 Tests is in his mind, he said, ‘131 will take time. I am currently thinking about the World Test Championship final. This is my World Cup and winning it will be a one-day World Cup win.
‘I only think about one match at a time’
Ishmaan playing at the age of 38, Ishant said, ’38. I only think about one match at a time. You do not know what happens next. Now I am more professional about recovery. Previously practiced a lot but did not pay attention to recovery. It is important to take care of the body with age.