I have learnt to stick to my strengths: Ishant

Bridgetown: India`s young fast bowler, who picked up a career best six for 55 against the West Indies on the third day of the second cricket Test, said sticking to strengths was key to his success.

The 22-year-old Delhi boy has suffered several ups and down in his five-year-old international career. On Thursday, his resilience finally paid off as he bowled out the West Indies for 190 on a lively track at the Kensington Oval.

He also became the fifth youngest bowler to pick up his 100th Test wicket in just his 33rd Test appearance.

"Everyone wants to be a Test cricketer. Especially as a bowler because if you don`t bowl well in the first spell, you still get a chance to come back for a second spell or a third spell.”

"I lost my pace and I lost my rhythm but now I`ve learnt to stick to whatever your strength is. In Test matches, you have to be patient, that`s why it`s called Test cricket," he said.

Sharma said he never expected to be the fifth youngest to get 100 Test wickets. Only compatriot Kapil Dev, New Zealand`s Daniel Vettori, Pakistan`s Waqar Younis and teammate Harbhajan Singh were younger than Sharma when they took their 100th Test wicket.

"When I started playing cricket. I obviously never expected to be the fifth youngest to take 100 wickets in Tests. Especially because in the last five years I`ve seen so many ups and downs. I`ve struggled with my bowling," he said.

Asked about his strengths, Sharma said: "Obviously, pace and bounce is my strength in bowling. Even if I`m doing well with my swing, I don`t want to lose my pace and bounce."

IANS

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