In Indian conditions, my role with the new ball is defensive, says Ishant Sharma

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. Ishant said he got to bowl more overs in Mohali, which was the reason for tasting a bit of success during the third Test.

updated: March 21, 2013 15:06 IST
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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.

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