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By missing the IPL this season, India’s fast bowler Ishant Sharma proved that putting country ahead of club isn't just rhetoric. Speaking to Khurram Habib from Hindustan Times, Sharma said that he missed the IPL to recover from an ankle injury and play for India as soon as possible.
“My priority, and that of every cricketer, is country, club comes second. I asked many seniors and physios about this and they said, 'It will be good for you if you can do it (undergo surgery) now and miss the IPL'. I followed their advice,” Sharma said. “You feel bad when you see the team is missing you. But for me, the country always comes first although we are professionals and shouldn't be thinking this way. People got to know me only as an India player.”