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'We had motivation to create history in Australia': Ishant Sharma recalls Test series win Down Under

Indian pacer Ishant Sharma has recalled the Test series win in Australia in 2018/19.

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New Delhi Published on: May 30, 2020 16:03 IST
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Indian pacer Ishant Sharma has recalled the Test series win in Australia in 2018/19.

Indian bowler Ishant Sharma recalled the Test series win in Australia in 2018-19, saying that it was 'big' for him as he had toured the country on four occasions.

Team India, under captain Virat Kohli, became the first Asian side to beat Australia in a Test series Down Under. 

"First time winning a Test series in Australia is obviously a very big thing for any cricketer. It was big for me as I had toured Australia four times and I know how tough it is. The team had the motivation to create history in Australia," Ishant told his Indian teammate Mayank Agarwal on the series 'Open Nets with Mayank' hosted by bcci.tv.

Ishant also talked about his famous reaction against Smith during the Bengaluru Test match in 2017. Ishant in a very animated reaction against Smith had left his teammates and fans in splits. The lanky pacer said he was just trying to unsettle the Australia batter and that was the reason he tried things like that.

"At this point in time, I want to enjoy my cricket by taking wickets and contributing to the side. I will focus on this only, unless and until you guys don't provoke me to do something mischievous," said Ishant. (ALSO READ: CA announces full schedule of India's tour of Australia 2020)

A veteran of 97 Tests, Ishant has 297 wickets to his name. Besides that, he has also scored a fifty which came against West Indies in Kingston in 2019. He had scored 57 runs and was the second-highest run-scorer for India after Hanuma Vihari. KL Rahul and Mayank had scored 13 and 55 runs, respectively in that innings.

Recalling his half-century, the Delhi pacer said he had fun time with Rahul after scoring his maiden Test fifty.

"Leave everyone's reaction ask KL Rahul about his reaction. KL Rahul said if I would have scored 100 then he would have jumped from the balcony. KL scored some 25-26 runs and he said 'son if you scored more than me I will do this and that for you'."

"My batting gloves got wet for the 1st time. It was KL Rahul's gloves and he gave me pair of new gloves as well. He was like 'I should have batted with these gloves and then I could also have scored a fifty'," he added.

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