Adelaide, Jan 25: Ishant Sharma has been toiling hard for the past one month but does not have results to show for his on-field efforts during the tour of Australia.
The lanky fast bowler however doesn't want to consider himself unlucky for not getting wickets and would like to strive hard rather than sulk.
“Am I the unluckiest bowler? You can't say that because cricket is a funny game. You never know what's going to happen next. All you can do is to hope for the best,” Ishant who went wicketless for 100 runs during his 30-over spell said.
“When you choose fast bowling, it's a tough job. When you are bowling on flat tracks in India and you don't get anything out of it, you still carry on because bowling for your country is a big motivation. That remains the most important thing for me,” he said.
Often, in the nets, Sharma has been seen getting tips from Sachin Tendulkar and to outsiders it has appeared as if he has wanted him to bowl fuller.
“He doesn't tell me to bowl full because he knows it's not my natural style. He tells me to stick to my natural style, just swing a little if you can, because conditions are helpful to swing bowling. He says if you can swing, you have better chance to get them out.”
Ishant feels that there are times when he comes in as one-change, it's a semi-new ball and it doesn't swing as much as expected.
“Sometimes, when I bowl as one change, the ball is not conducive for swing. In those times, you need to be patient and keep bowling in the right areas.”