India vs England: Ishant Sharma’s sole motive is to win matches for India
Ishant Sharma is eager to perform for India as they prepare to take on England in the second Test beginning Thursday at Lord’s.Ishant was one of the brighter sparks for India as Virat Kohli’s men went down to England by 31 runs at Edgbaston. Ishant took six wickets in the first Test, including 5 for 51 runs in the second innings.”I have only one motive that I want to win matches for India with my performances. Which ever ground I play, my purpose is to win matches for the team with my performances. My motivation has completely shifted and now my focus on how I can help my team win with my performances.” Ishant told BCCI.tv in an interview.READ – Ishant Sharma needs to figure out his role in Team India: Glenn McGrath”It has also helped me to bowl long spells. The only thing matters to me is that, I want to help my team win with my performances,” he added.Ishant bowled with pace, fire and plenty of aggression. He squared Malan up with a great outswinger before removing the dangerous Bairstow with a nice inswinger. Two balls later, Stokes had no clue how to deal with another outswinger from around the wicket. Next up, right after lunch, Ishant got Buttler to edge one behind the wickets to Dinesh Kartik.The fifth wicket took a while coming for Ishant. He bowled another peach and Broad drove at a ball which was shaping away from him; Dhawan, who had dropped two easy chances before, took it safely at first slip.advertisementREAD – Batting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s TestWhen asked about his preparation for the Test series, Ishant said that it is important for him to take up responsibility as a senior bowler.”The process always remains the same. You have to focus on where you have to bowl and how to execute your plans. At the end of the day, when it works out, then you feel satisfied and happy. It is important to take up responsibility when you are a senior bowler,” Ishant said.READ – Ishant Sharma feels bowling for Sussex with Duke ball helped him”You have to be performance oriented. I have not done anything special. It’s just the mindset, which is totally different for me. You start believing in yourself and you hit the right lengths. If you ball at a particular length consistently and play with batsmen patience, you will eventually get success,” Ishant added.Ishant has lead from the front with the ball in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah (due to injures). Ishant said that every bowler in the team knows his role in the side and also the fact that performances is the only way to keep their place in the side.READ – India vs England: Ollie Pope to debut in Lord’s Test, says Joe Root”The current lot is a competitive fast bowling unit. We have a healthy competition amongst each other which is a good sign for the team. Everyone knows if they don’t perform they can be out of the playing XI. Because of this players are always on their toes. Things are quite simple in this team, if you perform you will be in the team and if you don’t you will sit out,” Ishant said.Ishant had single-handedly demolished a strong England batting line-up four years ago at Lord’s to set up a historic victory for India in their last tour in 2014.England were 71/2 (in their chase of 319) before before Ishant turned up the heat and picked seven of the next eight wickets as India went on to win by 95 runs.