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Just looked to bowl in the right areas, says Ishant

Shikhar Dhawan plays a pull shot, in Wellington, on Friday

Wellington: After taking a career-best haul of six for 51 in Tests, Indian medium-pacer Ishant Sharma Friday said that he has been bowling well consistently for some time but his performance was being noticed only now because he is among wickets these days.

Ishant picked up six wickets on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand, his second consecutive six-wicket haul in this series, after taking 6/134 in the first innings at Auckland.

“I am the same bowler who bowled against (Ricky) Ponting in 2007-08 and the same bowler who was the Man of the Series in 2011. I am the same bowler. This pitch is the same as last match. I don’t analyse my bowling a lot, because at this stage, ahead of the game it is only about thinking,” said Ishant, after his superb bowling effort.

When asked if playing 70-odd ODIs and 55 Tests had helped make him a better bowler, he replied, “You only learn from experience. I have seen enough ups and downs in my life. Whenever there is an important tour, I get dropped. Whenever there is an easy tour, I am in the team. It’s a really hard thing for me.

“I have been bowling well since South Africa. It is just that people are recognising more now, because I am taking more wickets. I didn't do anything different. Just looked to bowl in the right areas. In fact we all did, we all bowled very well. Only (Mohammad) Shami and I got the rewards. Zaheer (Khan) was very unlucky to not take any wickets,” he added.

Shami took 4/70 to provide able support to the one-change bowler and together they dismissed New Zealand for a paltry score of 192.

“It was obviously good to win the toss. The wicket had a spongy bounce and it was a juicy wicket in the morning. We were disciplined in our bowling today.

“But we learnt from the second innings there that if we bowl with discipline, we will get more rewards. And that’s what we did today, looking to bowl in the right areas, rather than take wickets,” said Ishant. (PTI)