Ishant raring to have a go at Aussies again

Ishant raring to have a go at Aussies again

“I have been waiting for this tour for a long time,” said Sharma, who has 128 wickets in 48 Tests.

Sharma is aware of the expectations as it was here when he first made his mark as an international bowler, dismissing then Australian skipper Ricky Ponting in both innings of the Perth Test.

“There are a lot of expectations from me because I had done a good job on my last tour there. I am charged up now. I have different plans for each and every batsman,” he said.

Sharma, 23, stands to either end the summer a wasted, injury-riddled talent or recapture the magic of a watershed 2007-08 tour Down Under where he found fame taming Ponting.

“I went on the tour as a raw bowler and returned a finished product,” recalled Sharma. “People came to know me after that tour, they talked about my bowling and it had to be a positive experience for me. I am really excited to go back there again,” the Indian pacer was quoted as saying by the ‘Courier Mail’.

Sharma came off the field twice during India’s practice game against the Chairman’s XI in Canberra on Thursday but the Indian team management quelled concerns over his fitness.

“There is no worry on him. He had some discomfort while bowling and he has seen a doctor. Hopefully he should be fit before the first Test,” said batsman Rohit Sharma, who scored 56 at the Manuka Oval.

Pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and the team management had on Thursday sought to underplay the situation.

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