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Ishant not interested in County

New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara will be playing for Derbyshire this season, while Varun Aaron is also keen on plying his trade in the County circuit. But Ishant Sharma, the senior-most bowler of the Indian Test team, is not at all keen on playing County cricket.

Would you be interested in playing in county cricket? “No, I am not interested,” was a curt reply from the lanky pacer, who was not allowed to give an elaborate answer by the organisers in a promotional, here, on Sunday.

One of the heroes of India's Lord's Test victory, Ishant was asked if it was better and more satisfying compared to his performance in Perth against Australia back during India’s 2007-08 tour. What followed was another terse reply.

“There can't be any comparisons between the two performances,” was his comment.

Asked how disappointed he was after India were thrashed by England in the Test series, the pacer replied: “No team wants to lose a contest. We played hard enough, but they played better cricket than us.”

Asked about how cool captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is on the field, Ishant said: “You guys have seen him (Dhoni). He remains pretty relaxed.”

Ishant picked up 14 wickets in the three Tests he played versus England in the ongoing tour. India did miss him badly in the third and fourth Tests, both of which were won by England. He did return to play at The Oval, but lacked penetration. (PTI)