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Saturday , April 12 , 2014
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I am in good rhythm: Ishant

Hyderabad: Having missed out on the recent World T20 and Asia Cup, Ishant Sharma is fit and raring to go for Sunrisers Hyderabad when the IPL VII gets underway from April 16 in Abu Dhabi.

“Obviously, you feel bad when you are not part of the World T20. It is a big tournament. But it is not in my hands. If I am playing Test cricket or no matter where I am playing, I have to do well in those conditions and that particular format,” Ishant said on Friday.

Having done a splendid job for the Sunrisers in the previous IPL, Ishant hopes to put up a good show this season as well. “Obviously, I am looking forward to do well in the new season. I am bowling well. I am in good rhythm. I played in domestic Twenty20, bowled well, took some wickets.

“I am confident with my bowling and hopefully, I will do well for the Sunrisers this time around as well,” he expressed.

Talking about wickets in the UAE, Ishant said the pitches are the same almost everywhere in Asia as execution of plans is a crucial aspect in the shortest format. “I think the wicket will be the same. It does not matter whether you play in India or in the UAE. You should know where you need to bowl in the T20 format. You don’t need to see how the wicket is going to behave. You just need to execute your plans well. That’s it,” he said.

Meanwhile, describing the Sunrisers as a balanced side, chief coach Tom Moody and mentor Kris Srikkanth exuded confidence of a successful IPL VII campaign.“We had a good campaign last year, given that it was our first IPL as Sunrisers Hyderabad. This year, we feel confident again. We feel we have got a very good balance in our side that allows us to adapt,” said Moody.

According to Srikkanth, the “core team” has been retained this year, which would ensure continuity. “As far as we are concerned, I think the team is well-prepared. We have Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant, Karn Sharma and of course, Amit Mishra, Darren Sammy and Dale Steyn. The most important thing is we were able to manage somehow to get almost the core team,” he said.