Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2013, Delhi April 19, 2013

Mohit Sharma's plans reap success for CSK

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohit Sharma, the 24-year-old seam bowler from Haryana who was a key component in Chennai Super Kings' thumping victory over Delhi Daredevils, has said he came into the match with a clear mind and set plan. Mohit knocked the top off the Daredevils batting on Thursday night, accounting for David Warner, Virender Sehwag and Manprit Juneja in the Powerplay to all but seal the game after Super Kings had posted 169.

He was looking to lure Sehwag with a shorter length, Mohit said, and it worked for him. "I have played against him twice and he has hit me for runs. Since he is a compulsive puller, we decided to bowl him a short ball and what we did paid off," he told the IPL website. Of the four legal deliveries he bowled to Sehwag, three were short-of-a-length balls, the final of which was mis-hit to the fielder at deep-square leg.

His strategy, Mohit said, was to take it one delivery at a time. "[Suresh] Raina bhai had told me not to think of how I will bowl the entire over or how I will bowl my quota of four overs, but to just think of the one delivery that I will be bowling at that point. So I bowled thinking about only one delivery at a time, and that probably worked for me."

Being rather familiar with the Kotla pitch, Mohit said, also helped: "What I knew about the wicket happened today; the wicket has usually been a bit slow and low and the same thing happened here. Coach Stephen Fleming and [bowling coach] Andy Bichel had also told me that the track is a bit slow and low, so just bowl wicket to wicket.

"And that is what happened to David Warner. He slashed and played on because the wicket was slow."

Mohit was signed by Super Kings ahead of the 2013 tournament, following an impressive first-class season for Haryana - in eight Ranji Trophy games, he took 37 wickets at 23.24. He also played in one of the touring England team's warm-up one-dayers in January, in which he claimed the wickets of Ian Bell and Craig Kieswetter.

Talking about his style of bowling, Mohit said: "I am not the kind of bowler who experiments a lot. Only if things are going against me too much, then I try and experiment. Otherwise I believe in sticking to my line. That is my strength so I will work on that. I bowl on a spot."

Super Kings' international players have been ideal teachers, Mohit said. "I get to learn a lot from all these players, Dirk Nannes, Bichel and the other fast bowlers. They keep telling me where I am going wrong and what I can do to improve, like increasing my speed and having better body balance.

"There is never any communication gap. If they feel I am not understanding what they are explaining, they make it easier for me by explaining it to me in cricketing terms. And I have never met anyone more positive than captain Dhoni."

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  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    Also if praveen kumar is fit then he is also perfect, especially when India goes overseas, as he can swing the ball on any pitch with very good control. Plus he, like zaheer khan has very good ability to out think the batsman.

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @ alibundy 1 , have you even seen these bowlers bowl. Last time I saw vinay kumar averaging 24 in first class and then got hammered in perth. Shami Ahmed looks promising, but ishwar pandey, the highest wicket taker in Ranji got hammered in Irani cup - the green nature of pitch on youtube highlights scares me even more. Atleast the unlugky ishant might not take wickets, but he won't get hammered and will have balls beating the bat. Actually they are better off picking irfan pathan instead, a decent batsman and swings the ball, with yadav and shami ahmed.

  • Jay on April 19, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    I have never ever read a more OPEN MINDED and honest article on a very good cricketer. Some losers here need to get a life. I bet they can't even bowl full tosses let alone 6 proper deliveries. Good on you Mohit !!! Keep working hard and rewards will come. India will know about you sooner or later and we have CAPTAIN COOL MSD watching over you as a guardian angel. He is the INDIAN captain as well.. so you are in good hands. Work hard, be sincere, and don't lose your cool.

  • TR on April 19, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    One match performance shouldn't warrant either an interview or an article or analysis from us. But its always good to see rising youngsters. As of now we have only one in the Indian squad who is capable of taking early wickets in the medium pace dept. in the name of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. More needed. Its for the youngsters to grab.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Never judge a bowler with pace. Look at Shaun Tait, always had pace but no control. Medium pacers like Mohit are the key, coz if u can stick to the line and length, u can more often get a wicket than bowling over 140. And its the pacy ones who often end up injured. I think Mohit has a good action and excellent control over his bowling. If he can do this consistently, he will certainly feature in the Indian side.

  • Ashok on April 19, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    @sandy_bangalore: It is not just the speed you bowl but using that speed to your advantage with clever bowling. Mohit looked good to me & can be coached to get better. Don't forget that he is a young guy who took 37 Wkts. in the Ranji in 2012. He is capable of reaching 140 KPH with his smooth action, good build & enthusiasm. I still back him as India's future prospect to keep an eye on & to be coached.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Good performance.. I was really astonished to see such an impressive bowling from a new comer.. I request u to keep improving and keep going with your consistency.. Good luck !! :) :)

  • Chandra on April 19, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    Nice to read. True success of the IPL. Come with talent and you get everything to make it big!

  • Sandy on April 19, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    @Nampally: LOL, ayet another 130 k bowler considered as a 'good' prospect! Remember the likes of manpreet gony, who was that day described as nippy and gets bounce and all that? India has close to nil talent in fast bowling. ANd lot of flat pitch kings in batting.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Ho ....seems like he knows everything....Thank god that now india will juz have to inform who all are playing in the opposite team and throw the ball to him....i agree he bowled well but nt dat splendidly to fit into the national team...way to go will be better to talk like this after showing sme stuff....

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