Conceding no-balls not good: Ishant

India pacer five-wicket haul in the third and final Test against Pakistan on Tuesday was a contradiction in itself.

updated: December 13, 2007 16:57 IST
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India pacer Ishant Sharma's five-wicket haul in the third and final Test against Pakistan on Tuesday was a contradiction in itself - it was a feat considering it was only his second Test, but he conceded nine no-balls to cloud his achievement.

"It's not a good thing conceding no-balls and I realise that I must work on it," Sharma told reporters after the fourth day at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here.

"But in a match if you start concentrating on no-balls, then I think you won't be able to concentrate on your bowling," he said.

His nine no-balls contributed in India establishing a world record of 76 'extras', which helped Pakistan avoid the follow-on. India scored 626 and in reply Pakistan made 537 - conceding an 89-run lead. In their second innings, India were 131 for two and now their overall lead is 220.

Ishant said that bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad told him to use his height to get over the problem of no-balls.

"He did speak to me on my bowling and spoke to me on my get-up. He told me to change my line and length and to use my height. He discussed a few technical points with regards to my bowling," he said.

"Everyone was helping me out on the ground. Everyone was telling me that I have to bowl like this or like that. So it is a good thing that everyone is helping you out."

To be fair to Ishant, the pitch did not help the pacers as the ball often kept low.

"On a flat track like this, you will go for boundaries. And if you are scared of boundaries, then there is no use playing cricket. That is why you need to be brave while playing," he said.

"I think on this wicket it will help if you are patient with the ball. So, I was patient and tried to maintain a good line and length and that is why I got five wickets. When you bowl well, personally you get a lot of satisfaction."