Ishant Sharma underlines Australia's horror show

Mar 22, 2013, 00:39 IST | IANS

India fast bowler Ishant Sharma said yesterday that home conditions have played a big role in the ongoing four-Test series and it has proved once again that Australia lack the technqiue to play in the sub-continent conditions.

Ishant, who was part of the side that was thrashed 0-4 in the last tour to Australia, said India were criticised for not being able to perform well in alien conditions and now Australia are also suffering away from home.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma

“When we went to Australia, we struggled a lot and everybody said we can’t play away from home and now you can see that even Australia can’t play here. So, the advantage of home conditions is quite big. Our home conditions suit spinners and Australia is weak against the spinners, so that has been a big advantage for us,” said Ishant on the eve of the fourth Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Eyeing No 1 spot
As India are staring at a 4-0 whitewash of Australia, Ishant said the boys are determined to reclaim the No 1 spot in Tests again. “Sometimes you play well and you win, but sometimes you play well and yet you don’t end up winning. I think it is important to give your 100 percent and not worry about results. We always try to improve as a team and our goal is to become No 1 team in the world again and if we work towards our goals then we will definitely become the top team again,” he said.

Asked about the possible playing XI, Ishant said: “We haven’t been told as to who will make his debut in this match. We have a team meeting in the evening after which only we will know the playing XI.”

Ishant said the team is riding high on confidence after three consecutive wins by huge margins against Australia. “The mood in the camp is good and the confidence of all the players is quite good because we are leading 3-0 against a team like Australia. We have won the matches by a big margin, so the confidence of the team is high and we will carry into the Delhi Test,” he said.

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