Jason Gillespie highlights the hard yards put in by Ishant Sharma during his county stint for Sussex

Ishant had a remarkable two-month county stint with Sussex this season.

Ishant Sharma | AFP

India speedster Ishant Sharma had a remarkable two-month county stint with Sussex this season. The lanky pacer was in full throttle with the ball in first-class matches as well as the List A games. While Ishant claimed 15 wickets in 4 first-class affairs, he scalped 8 wickets from 6 List A matches.

Fresh from his county success, Ishant carried on the good work against the Test debutants Afghanistan on Thursday (June 14). He was bowling full and swinging it into the Afghan openers. Sharma castled Javed Ahmadi and Afsar Zazai with full inswinging deliveries while most of his deliveries were targetted at the stumps.

Talking about Ishant’s recent success, Sussex coach Jason Gillespie, in an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, revealed that the Delhi pacer has worked on his wrist position and bowling fuller lengths during his time in county cricket.  

"We spoke a lot about a fuller length attacking off stump - batsman’s knee-roll height. He also worked hard on the position of his wrist at the point of release. His natural delivery comes back into the right-hander. He worked on the ball that held its line and got batsmen playing at the ball thinking it was going to come back and hit the stump," Gillespie quoted.

Gillespie also elaborated how they worked on Ishant’s bowling from various angles using the crease.

"And we spoke about bowling from different spots on the crease to create different angles when he released the ball," he added.

Ishant is expected to play a crucial role for Team India in the upcoming England tour, where they are scheduled to five Test matches after the tussle in the limited overs formats.


By Salman Anjum - 15 Jun, 2018

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