Two new balls in ODIs is a great benefit for pacers: Ishant

Two new balls in ODIs is a great benefit for pacers: Ishant

Two new balls in ODIs is a great benefit for pacers: Ishant

Ishant Sharma feels the introduction of two new white balls from both ends in ODIs is a boon for pacers and the lanky bowler partly attributes his recent success in the 50-over format to the latest rule change.

"Obviously, there has been a big change since the harder seam helps fast bowlers a lot. So now instead of one (white) ball getting old in 25 overs like it used to happen earlier, we have a lot more time to work on new balls. This is very beneficial for fast bowlers as you can hit the deck hard with a newer ball and also it swings a lot more," Ishant, who has taken 18 wickets in his last 10 ODIs, told PTI during an interview today.

Having started off as a tearaway pacer six seasons back, the 25-year-old Delhi lad has traded his 140 km plus pace for line and length and is content with the way it has been working for him.

"Yes, I am happy (with my pace) as I feel that I have matured a lot as a bowler over the past few years. I feel that I am more consistent now and is able to attack the batsmen with all that's there in my skill set. Whether it's swing or line and length."

Pace bowling is all about finding the right rhythm and the man who has 144 Test wickets from 51 Tests is no exception.

"Finding rhythm is very important for every bowler and getting things right prior to any important series or tournament makes it all the more easier for me to back my abilities."

With a long and demanding season ahead, Ishant feels he is in a "fine space mentally and physically".

"Thanks to the support I have got from my captain (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) and coach (Duncan Fletcher), which has helped me perform well in Tests and in the Champions Trophy. The manner in which they supported me was crucial. Now as the new season is about to start, I find myself in a good space mentally and much stronger physically."