New Delhi: Ishant Sharma on Thursday dismissed talks about India taking advantage of home conditions against Australia in the current series, saying all teams in the world enjoy playing at home.
“It is a normal trend,” said Ishant after India’s practice session which lasted more than two hours. “When we went to Australia, everyone talked about our weakness against pace bowling. Now the Australians are here and they are struggling to cope up with spin,” he added.
Asked why Bhuvneshwar Kumar was more successful with the new ball in the current series, Ishant said: “My bowling is different from Bhuvi. He is more effective with the new ball as he can get a lot of swing.
“In Indian conditions, I don’t get much swing with the new ball. Therefore I wait for the ball to get old so that I can get some reverse swing. Till the time the ball gets old, I have to play the defensive role of trying to contain the batsmen. Everyone has been assigned a specific role and we perform our roles accordingly,” Ishant said.
Explaining the nature of Indian pitches, the tall Delhi bowler said most of the tracks in India are not favourable for fast bowlers during the initial stages. “During that period, you need to play a defensive game. Once the ball starts reversing, you can then set attacking fields but it’s more important to know when to attack on subcontinental tracks.”
Ishant said he could get to bowl more overs only after coming down to Mohali for the third Test. “In the first two matches, the spinners got almost all the wickets and I didn’t bowl much. It was only in Mohali that I got to bowl 30 overs.
“Before that, my job was to contain the batsmen and let the spinners attack. Bowling is also like batting. You hunt as a pack. Just like you need a good partnership while batting, it’s the same with bowling. If you are bowling well, even if you don’t get a wicket, it might help your bowling partner get wickets,” Ishant said.