Ishant ready to adapt if the ball does not shine according to taste without spit

NEW DELHI: Senior India pacer Ishant Sharma He says fast players will have to get used to the new normal if the ICC decides to ban the use of saliva to make the ball shine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is reportedly considering the use of artificial substances in the ball instead of saliva in the post-COVID-19 scenario, effectively legalizing ball manipulation. The idea has attracted a mixed response from the cricket fraternity.

We know there is talk of some changes and adjustments in cricket, but I think cricket players will have to get used to the new normal, whatever it is, Ishant said during an Instagram concert with his IPL franchise Capitals of Delhi .

The ball may not shine as you like if you are not allowed to use saliva, or you may have to fetch the ball yourself during nets, but there is no other option but to get used to these things.

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But honestly, I don't like to think too much about these things. I feel it is important to stay in the present and not look too far ahead, the lanky pace said.

During the conversation, Ishant also said that he had not met a better coach than Ricky ponting as the Australian great made him feel wanted from the word go in his IPL comeback last year.

Ishant was bought by Capitals of Delhi ahead of the 2019 IPL after he went unsold in the previous auction.

The veteran of 97 Tests felt like a "debutant" on day one of the Capitals of Delhi camp until head coach Ponting's words lifted his spirits.

He's the best coach I've ever met. I was very nervous when I was making a return to the IPL last season. I was almost feeling like a debutante walking into the camp the first day, but he gave me a lot of confidence since the first day I arrived at the camp.

He just said to me: 'You are a senior player and you must help young people. Just don't worry about anything, you're my first choice. ' And I think that conversation really helped me, Ishant recalled.

Speaking of the time when he brought out the best of the Australian legend Down Under in 2008, Ishant said: People are still talking and asking me about the Perth test and the spell I did to him. Later that year, when Australia also visited India, I was in good shape.

Gary (Kirsten) was our coach then, and he told me that Australians play just to win ... That success I had against them in 2008 is easily one of the best moments of my career.

By his own admission, Ishant has been a different player after his Sussex County season under the watchful eye of the former Australian player. Jason Gillespie .

People keep saying Ishant 2.0, making it look like I'm a robot! But the pre-2017 phase was when the pressure to act was high. It gave me sleepless nights and I found almost no joy in my bowling alley.

My time in the county (in 2018) with Sussex was what changed everything. It was an exhausting season for me because I was playing 22-23 in one day, I was also hitting and then came home to do homework. It was a tough exercise but somehow I really enjoyed it, he said.

It was kind of a self-realization also ... credit also to Jason Gillespie who was my coach there. When I came back to India to play after that, I felt a lot free and focussed only on enjoying the present, which took off a lot of pressure from me, I've added.

Speaking about his routine in the continuous block, Ishant added: I started getting up at 5 in the morning and make sure to do a running session in the morning and then exercise during the day to keep fit.

I think it is really important to be very disciplined if you continue to perform at the highest level, and I think that is what distinguishes the best from the average, said Ishant, who was a little frustrated in the early days of closing.