Ishant Sharma is hoping his move from the less-fancied Kolkata Knight Riders to former champions Deccan Chargers for the Indian Premier League will provide him with the ideal platform to relaunch his international career.
The tall fast bowler last played an ODI for India in August last year and has since fallen from favour with the selectors.
While he remains a relatively permanent fixture in the Test team, Ishant’s lack of penetration and shoddy expense cost him his place in the limited-overs line-up at the end of the Dambulla tri-series in 2010.
With a career economy rate of 5.74 and an average in excess of 30, the 22-year-old has since taken a back seat to Munaf Patel, Shantha Sreesanth and Ashish Nehra in the one-day fold.
However, with a new franchise and refreshed confidence, the right-armer is looking forward to a resurgence through the domestic and national ranks.
“There comes a time in every sportsperson’s life when one has to prove to oneself. I am probably going through that phase and would like to challenge myself in the upcoming IPL to win back my place in the Indian side,” he told Deccan’s official website.
“Being in and out of sides is part and parcel of a sports person’s life and I’d like to take it on the chin. I am just trying to forget the past and start afresh. Right now, the focus is on IPL and I want to give it my 100 percent. I will do my best.”
While a lack of variation and absence of effective slower ball cost Sharma plenty of runs in Sri Lanka and India last year, the pace ace feels plenty of practice in low and slow sub-continental conditions will afford him success in a format geared toward favouring batsmen.
“You’ve got to go with your instincts, believe in your strong points and bowl to your strength rather than think about the batsmen’s plusses,” he added.
“I have worked on and added quite variations to my bowling armoury and will hopefully execute them to good effect in the IPL. The slower ones, the yorkers are all key deliveries in this format and you have to use them judiciously.
“You’ve got to change your line and length constantly and plan every ball.
“However I am still learning and am keen to improve. Adapting to the situation and dealing with the pressure are paramount and I should be able to showcase my skill set in the upcoming IPL.
“It’s good to see fast bowlers being looked up to in a country where spin used to dominate. India has proved everyone wrong by producing good quick bowlers.”
The Deccan Chargers start their 2011 IPL campaign against the Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. Cricket365