I would keep telling Ishant Sharma to show urgency: Jason Gillespie

I would keep telling Ishant Sharma to show urgency: Jason Gillespie

Ishant played for Sussex under Jason Gillespie.

Jason Gillespie
Jason Gillespie. (Photo by Nick Wood/Getty Images)

Ishant Sharma has been impressive with the leather in the ongoing Test series between England and India. The lanky pacer churned out a five-wicket haul in the first match at Edgbaston in Birmingham and guided his team to a commanding position. He couldn’t quite perform to expectations at Lord’s and could only manage one wicket at the cost of 100 plus runs.

In the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, he again came into his own and nipped out four crucial wickets. The Delhi-born speedster churned out the wickets of Alastair Cook and Ollie Pope in the first innings. The 29-year-old got the wickets of Cook and Keaton Jennings in India’s quest to defend 521 runs. Prior to the Test series, he played County cricket for Sussex.

I would keep telling him to show urgency

During the event, he picked up 15 wickets in four matches with best bowling figures of 4/52. During his stint, he played under Jason Gillespie, the former Australian cricketer, and Sussex’s head coach. Gillespie revealed how Ishant’s attitude towards the game was turning detrimental. He also told that Ishant’s fate in red-ball cricket turned around after he started showing some urgency.

“Sometimes he would stand there and stare if a decision hasn’t gone his way or he wasn’t happy with the delivery or whatever. He would slowly trudge back. It wasn’t ideal. So I would keep telling him to show some urgency. When he started to do it – that was the turning point for me, not any particular spell in a match,” Gillespie was quoted as saying in Indian Express.

“I would keep telling him to show urgency. In county cricket, you had to bowl 96 overs in a day. So first of all, I had to sort it out in that respect. Secondly, it meant he wasn’t wasting his time thinking about irrelevant stuff,” he added.

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