New Delhi: India`s pace spearhead Ishant Sharma says he has been assigned to play a defensive role with the new ball considering swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar`s ability to strike early blows.
Ishant felt he is a completely different bowler compared to his new ball partner as they have different skill sets.
"My bowling is different from Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar`s nickname). He is more effective with the new ball as he can get a lot of swing. I don`t get a lot of swing with the new ball in Indian conditions. So I need to wait for the ball to get old so that I can get some reverse swing," Ishant said.
"Till the time the ball gets old, I have to play the defensive role of trying to contain the batsmen. Everyone has been assigned a specific role and we perform our roles accordingly," Ishant told reporters on the eve of the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia.
In the absence of India`s best exponent of reverse swing Zaheer Khan, Ishant is the senior most pacer and he explained as to why he is more effective with the old ball.
"If you watch a Test match in India, during the initial stages, it`s not favourable for swing bowling and you need to play a defensive game. Once the ball starts reversing, you can then set attacking fields but it`s more important to know when to attack on sub-continental tracks."
Ishant said he got to bowl more overs in Mohali, which was the reason for tasting a bit of success during the third Test.
"In the first two matches, the spinners got almost all the wickets and I didn`t bowl much. It was only in Mohali that I got to bowl 30 overs. Before that my job was to contain the batsmen and let the spinners attack.
"Bowling is also like batting. You hunt as a pack. Just like you need a good partnership while batting, it`s the same with bowling. If you are bowling well, even if you don`t get a wicket, it might help your bowling partner get wickets from the other end."
First Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013, 15:14