Pacer Sandeep shines in a batsmen's game
Having not got his chances initially, the 20-year-old pacer has nine wickets from four games at an acceptable economy rate of 6.42. This showing is a follow up on an impressive Ranji Trophy season for Punjab (36 wickets from eight games at an average of 23.58).
“I am not trying to do anything different. I am just sticking to my basics and strength of swinging the ball,” Sharma said over the telephone on Tuesday.
Having got a chance to play alongside one of the world’s best pace bowlers Mitchell Johnson, the upcoming young talent is keen to make the most of the opportunity.
“It’s an amazing feeling to share the ball with Johnson. He doesn’t advise me much on how to bowl or where to bowl. Instead, we speak more on mental skills, how he bowls in pressure situations and how to carry oneself,” mentioned the Patiala-born-pacer who finished as the joint highest wicket taker with 12 scalps during India U-19’s 2012 ICC World Cup triumph in Australia.
Quizzed on which of his two three-wicket hauls (3-21 vs Kolkata Knight Riders and 3-15 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore) gave him more satisfaction, Sharma’s reply was quick. “My showing against RCB gave me a lot of satisfaction. To get players of the calibre of Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli out is a dream for any youngster. That performance has given me the confidence to do well in the remaining games,” said Sharma.