Aggression should be with approach not words - Ishant Sharma

Aggression should be with approach not words - Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma (left) opined that having an aggressive approach to the game does not mean that one has to exchange words with the opponents.
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Indian pace spearhead Ishant Sharma opined that having an aggressive approach to the game does not mean that one has to exchange words with the opponents.

Sharma has been handed a one-match ban for repeated aggressive send-offs given to the opposition players in the Sri Lankan tour in August.

The 27-year-old stood apart as India’s best fast-bowler in the series with a haul of 13 wickets from three matches at an average of 23.23. 

Sharma asserted it helps when the captain of the team is backing you to adopt an aggressive approach, which he feels is essential in today’s game.

"If you want to dominate the game you need to be aggressive.

“But it shouldn't be with words. It should be the approach.

"An aggressive captain and the fact that he backs his players for the same do help.

“These days everyone is aggressive on the field, be it the bowlers or the batsman." 

As a result of his ban, Sharma is all set to sit out of India’s first Test against South Africa which will be played in Mohali between 5th and 9th November.

However, Sharma downplayed the notion that India will miss his services by stating that he needs the team more than it needs him.

"Cricket is a team game.

“India does not need Ishant Sharma but Ishant Sharma needs India."

In the recently concluded Ranji Trophy game against Vidarbha, Sharma picked up nine wickets in the match helping Delhi secure a 10 wicket win.

Speaking to the reporters after the game, Sharma felt that he is currently very happy with his bowling efforts and will continue to use pace and bounce as his main weapons.

"I am pretty happy with my bowling. I don't find any reason that I need to be unhappy.

"Well, that's my strength – pace and bounce.

“Believe in what I need to do and that's what I have been doing.

“Important thing is to back your strength as that's what helps you in the long run, much easier to go and perform."

Former Indian captain, Mohammad Azharuddin felt that Sharma’s absence for the first Test will be a big factor for the hosts against South Africa.

Azharuddin iterated that Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin are India’s best hope to pick 20 South African wickets in the upcoming Test matches.

"Aggression is about scoring runs and taking wickets,” Azharuddin told Times of India.

“India don't have a very good bowling attack.

“R Ashwin and Sharma are India's best bets to get 20 South African wickets.

“Bhuvneshwar Kumar has lost his thing.

“The South Africans are really good players of spin as well.

“Sharma's ban has made it difficult for India to set the tone for the Test series.

“He is bowling so well here but what's the use if he can't start the Test series.” 

Sharma is currently slated to play the Ranji Trophy game against Haryana which will be held between 15th and 18th October.

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