Hyderabad v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Hyderabad May 2, 2013

'Relaxed' Ishant does the job for Sunrisers

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ishant Sharma, one of the key figures in Sunrisers Hyderabad's seven-wicket win against Mumbai Indians at Uppal on Wednesday, has said he is pleased with the way IPL 2013 has gone for him so far. In the Mumbai Indians game, he said, he just looked to stick to his plans and that worked for him.

"I assessed the conditions and tried to execute whatever set plan we had for each batsmen. I bowled according to my strengths without thinking about the batsman," Ishant told the IPL site. "I am pleased that we did well as a collective bowling unit. We kept things simple, without trying anything extraordinary, and did our basics right today.

"I have been going in with a relaxed mindset these days, which is something that has worked for me in the IPL. I have been consistent throughout the tournament. My economy rate has been close to seven, which I feel is fair enough to have in this format of the game. I am pretty happy with the way I am bowling."

Sunrisers kept Mumbai Indians to 129 and then chased down the target with a couple of overs to spare. Ishant was the most effective of the home side's bowlers, taking 2 for 15 in his four, including a maiden over and the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and the in-form Dinesh Karthik. "It is a tremendous feeling to get Sachin Tendulkar's wicket," Ishant said. "When I started playing cricket, I never felt I would someday bowl to Tendulkar or be playing against him. It is a big moment for any bowler to get the wicket of one of the best batsman in the world."

Sharma had got both Tendulkar and Karthik in the same over, the fifth of the innings. Mumbai Indians suffered another double-strike in the 13th over, losing Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma to legspinner Amit Mishra. Ishant said Mishra's contribution was vital: "He did a great job by keeping the Mumbai batsmen silent and taking crucial wickets. I guess we bowled well in pairs and did a great job in restricting Mumbai to 129."

Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians captain, said the credit for curbing his side had to go to the Sunrisers bowlers. "Probably we were 10-15 runs short. You have to give credit to Sunrisers bowlers. They bowled well, stuck to their plan," Rohit said. "Sometimes it doesn't come off. It was one of those days where our batting didn't click. In the last nine games we scored more than 70 runs in last five overs but today was one of those days when things didn't go our way. I thought they played better cricket than us so they won the game."

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  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Wondering why bowler like "abu nachim" who helped mumbai indians winning champions trophy is not been played by them..he was impressive n was consistently bowing b/w 143-145 kph!!

  • Subash on May 2, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Even I can get Sachin these days.....So I am not sure whats the big deal is. Sachin is making a mockery of himself even in IPL. I know he will be selected for the tour of SA as our selection panel does not put country first, and moreover they dont have the guts to say NO to Sachin. All his greatness has been in the past and it stopped right after India winning the WC. That was a perfect stage for SRT to retire but no. I have no idea why he is doing this to himself. I am an Indian fan and to me no player is bigger than country.

  • Subramani on May 2, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Having seen Ishant from the time he looked a precocious talent in Australia in 2007-08, I think he is showing signs of coming of age not just chronologically ! Perhaps his association with Steyn has helped him a lot. Or maybe he understands Waqar's communication skills which are obviously closer to what he understands not just in cricketing skills but his mother tongue as well. But the way he has been bowling has been very good. I am sure he will do well in the Champion's Cup and then in South Africa and elsewhere abroad. I got the impression that he is finding it easier now to know the length to bowl to that is suitable for a particular wicket to cramp run-making and take wickets. In fact it could well be a story of Sharmas with Mohit also showing signs of belonging to the highest level.I hope the selectors keep an eye on Mohit as well because he has the looks of an early day Kapil. Rugged and determined that we so lack in the fragile lot we have had to see. Tears in public.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    good team efforts and well played srh akshat reddy is not in form it should replace by parthiv patel

  • jaz on May 2, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    job well done risers.. but spare of thought for grt sachin.. i am afraid the time as arrived for master to call it day in all forms of cricket.. mumbai indians will face more defeats with young talent R.Sharma....

  • sam on May 2, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    A pretty mediocre medium pacer ... yes it's lon time since he was hitting 145 speeds, .... and who doesn't dismantle the long over the hill 'master' stumps now-a-days? to be any achievement really .

  • Asanka Sharmal on May 2, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Great team effort by SRH. Hope Ishanth and Co, continue to be be relaxed at crucial games also!.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    good bowling by ishant, but the last time he said he was relaxed was in early 2011. What happened to India and Ishant's performance after that, everyone knows. Also if having one good IPL season (which so many other indian bowlers did as this season was bowler friendly) can prove to be such a turning point, then Ishant would have been the leading bowler by know, and there wouldn't be millions of indian fans desperate to see the day when he is completely out of India's side. I think Ishant Sharma is a lot of potential, but cricket is not about just batting or bowling. It is also about fielding, which it is horrible. Also ishant has lost that grit in his batting, which was why he was used as a night watchman. Ishant sharma needs to spend more time analysing his game.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Cricket! An Amazing One Ball Game,

    One Ball is equal to, Gets batter out! Gets hit for a Six! Gets hit for a Four! Gets hit for One, Two, three even Four if overthrow! Gets the opposite team Five runs if a wide or a no-ball & keeper does not stop! Gets the opposite team Five runs if ball hits the helmet behind keeper! Gets the opposite team One, Two, three even Four (Leg Byes) if ball hits the batter not the bat! Gets the batter out if batter hits the stumps himself (Hit Wicket)

    In no other game, there are so many things happening in one ball!

  • Kashi on May 2, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    It is getting depressing to see Sachin on field these days. Lots of theories/ jokes are gong around and not good for a cricketer , however some are listed below: 1. Sachin will play cricket till he reaches half century of age and then takes call whether to play till he reaches 100 years of age (just like Clint Eastwood is talking of directing films till he is 105) 2. Sachin is wating for at least a century (100) times questions from media (internet/ printed paper/ TV) about his retirement. 3. Sachin is waiting till he takes 100 test wickets 4. Sachin is waiting to complete 25000 runs in test cricket 5. Sachin wants to complete playing his 200th test.

    The last two are more likely reasons however the final one and 1st one are achievable without any contribution from him

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