New Delhi: Ishant Sharma feels the introduction of two new white balls from both ends in ODIs is a boon for pacers and the lanky pacer partly attributes his recent success in the 50-over format to the latest rule change.
“Obviously, there has been a big change since the harder seam helps fast bowlers a lot. So, now instead of one ball getting old in 25 overs like it used to happen earlier, we have a lot more time to work on new balls. This is very beneficial for fast bowlers as you can hit the deck hard with a newer ball and also it swings a lot more,” Ishant, who has taken 18 wickets in his last 10 ODIs, said on Friday.
With a long and demanding season ahead, Ishant feels he is in a “fine space mentally and physically”.
“Thanks to the support I have got from my captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher, I was able to perform well in Tests and in the Champions Trophy. The manner in which they supported me was crucial. Now as the new season is about to start, I find myself in a good space mentally and much stronger physically.”
Having started as a tearaway pacer six seasons back, the 25-year-old Delhi lad has traded his 140km plus pace for line and length and is content with the way it has been working for him.
“Yes, I am happy (with my pace) as I feel that I have matured a lot as a bowler over the past few years. I feel that I am more consistent now and able to attack batsmen with all that’s there in my skill setů Whether it’s swing or line and length.”
“Finding rhythm is very important for every bowler and getting things right prior to any important series or tournament makes it all the more easier for me,” said Ishant. (PTI)