Ishant hopes to be back with a bang

Ishant last played a Test match in January against Australia in Adelaide after which he underwent a much needed ankle surgery, forcing him out of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“It is a crucial series for me. I have worked really hard on my fitness and the break has helped tremendously. When you are on tour, you tend to get lazy with your training, you don’t get much time to prepare,” Sharma said.

Ishant Sharma

Sharma knows bowling in sub-continent conditions is never an easy task but he has prepared well for the grind. “As I said, I feel fully fit and have been bowling 10 to 12 overs a day at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). I followed a 10 to 5 schedule there and spent a lot of time in the gym and with the physios. I hope it pays off in the series and I am able to take wickets for India,” said Ishant.

Ishant said he would have loved to be part of the World Cup in Sri Lanka next month.

“I love to represent India in all formats and I am looking forward for a return with a good show in the New Zealand series,” said Ishant. —  

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