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‘I want to be aggressive but not with words’

He has been in prime form since the start of the Test series in Sri Lanka and Ishant Sharma has realised that he has enough skills to dismantle the batsmen with his quick bowling rather than words.

Speaking for the first time since ICC slapped a <g data-gr-id="18">one Test</g> suspension for his on-field conduct in the third Test against Sri Lanka at the SSC, Ishant said that he would be “aggressive” but with his performance.

“Obviously, I think (it is a) pretty good thing (that Virat Kohli has backed me). Whoever is aggressive on the field -- be it bowler or batsman -- is doing pretty well. I think if you have to dominate the game, you have to be aggressive but not with the words but as to how you approach the game and what you do on the field (performance),” Ishant told reporters after his match-winning nine-wicket haul against Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy here on Sunday. Questioned whether Indian bowling will have less impact in his absence, Ishant replied, “Cricket is a team game. And India does not need Ishant Sharma but Ishant Sharma needs India.”

Probe him about his non-selection in the Indian ODI team, and the reply is curt and shows that he is a bit hurt.

“Well, you need to ask this question to someone else (selectors) and not me. I can only perform and I am doing that. I can only do what’s there in my hands and what else can I do.”
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