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Flare-ups in Sri Lanka thing of past, says Ishant Sharma

Not the least bit concerned about the storm he kicked off due to an overtly aggressive demeanour during the Sri Lanka tour, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma says he does not even think about the outburst which led to a one-match ban on him.

Back in the team after serving the suspension in the opening Test against South Africa in Mohali, Ishant said he prefers to look ahead instead of dwelling on whether he could have done anything differently in Sri Lanka.

“Many times in life we look back and think of a moment in the past, and wonder, ‘If I had done this or not done that, would things have been different’? There is no answer to that.

When I got banned for the Mohali Test, I decided I would not look back and wonder about what would or could have happened.

What happened in Sri Lanka is the thing of the past, and I prefer not to think about it,” Ishant told bcci.tv.

The pacer was criticised by several former cricketers for his outbursts during the tour with the showdown with Dhammika Prasad catching the most attention.

“Dhammika Prasad was bowling bouncers to me. In an over you can only bowl two, but he bowled a third one. I knew that he was doing it because he got hit on his hand off my bowling earlier. Anyway, when he bowled a third bouncer, it did not come up,” he recalled.

“So, I just told him, ‘You are too slow to hit me on the helmet’. He got offended and other Sri Lankan players got involved too. Things heated up from there and got carried on when I came on to bowl.

“As a fast bowler, you need to do something to charge you up and spur you on to achieve something special. It was that moment for me. I know many people believe what I did was very wrong because I got banned (for one Test). I did not get banned because of my spat with Prasad, which everyone was criticising me for. I got banned because I celebrated in the batsman’s face after getting him out. That is not allowed. It was the heat of the moment,” he asserted.

Talking about the changes he has made to his technique to become a better bowler, Ishant said he has primarily focussed on bowling more and a shorter run-up.
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