Ishant Sharma trolls Australian journalist: Not every year I come here
Ishant Sharma is on his fourth tour to Australia with the Indian team and is getting ready to spearhead the fast-bowling attack in the four-match Test series starting December 6.The 30-year-old took international cricket by storm on his first tour to Australia in 2007-08 when he bowled a magical spell to dismiss then-Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting in the historic 3rd Test in Perth in which India stunned the hosts to win the match by 72 runs.Since then Ishant has played Test series in Australia in 2011-12 and in 2014-15. The Delhi bowler is yet to taste series success down under but this time around the odds are favouring India. The lanky pacer has played 10 Tests down under and picked up 20 wickets at an average of 62.15.India pumped up to win Test series in Australia, says Ishant SharmaIshant addressed the media ahead of the upcoming four-match series where he was asked a range of questions from India’s preparations to the lethal pace-attack that the team will be fielding in the Test matches.But in the middle of the presser, Ishant corrected a journalist who mentioned how the lanky speedster has been touring Australia for the past 11 years.Also Read – India will defeat Australia 3-1 in Test series, says VVS Laxman”I think you’ve been coming here for 11 years now, is that right?” asked the journalist.To which Ishant jokingly replied, “Not every year I come here, but yes…””11 years since the first time,” the journalist quickly corrected his question before moving on.advertisementAlso Read – Virat Kohli will have another imperious outing in Australia Tests: Adam GilchristIndia have never won a Test series in Australia but have drawn three series Down Under in 1980-81, 1985-86 and 2003-04.”The biggest thing right now is to win the series and that’s what everybody is focusing on right now. We are not even thinking about personal performances. Just one aim that is to win a series in Australia,” Ishant told reporters ahead of the four-day practice match against Cricket Australia XI on Wednesday.Also Read – Less verbals but more bouncers from Australia: Ian Chappell warns Virat Kohli’s India”Everyone is really passionate. We are pretty motivated to win the series. Not only in Australia, when we played in South Africa and England we were pretty motivated to win a series abroad and I think that is the biggest opportunity for us right now because we always have a good balance in the side which can do things for us which is very promising,” he added.Also Read – Michael Clarke wants Tim Paine’s team to ‘play tough Australian cricket’ vs India”I think it’s pretty serious for us (the practice game), because we have to set the tone. You know the conditions, obviously playing here after a long time. You need to get into the groove, get used to the conditions and I think it’s a pretty important game for everyone,” he said.With pacers like Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar doing their job well, Ishant is taking this opportunity to make his mark.”If you’re representing the country the pressure is there, I think it’s a great opportunity as well because you have a healthy competition in the team as you can see there a lot of fast bowlers coming up and if you are not doing well then any time you can sit behind and watch the game,” he said.”I think it is a great opportunity for everyone to do well in any conditions as you can see we did well in the last two tours especially in South Africa and England as well,” he added.