Sandeep Sharma loves to bowl with Mitchell Johnson
Kings XI Punjab quickie Sandeep Sharma has said that he loves to bowl with Mitchell Johnson. Sandeep, who is an upcoming bowler, finds himself lucky to be bowling alongside one of the best fast bowlers in the world. Kings XI have won all their matches so far, and Sandeep and Johnson have been the key factors. Sandeep also managed to dismiss the explosive Chris Gayle in this year’s IPL.
Sandeep said, “I haven’t done anything new this time, only tried to correct my basics. Last season too I had performed well in the four matches I played in and that made the team owners give me a chance early this time. My training at the NCA in Bangalore has been a major reason behind my improvement. My coaches Bharat Arun and Mohnish Bali, along with national trainer VP Sudarshan have helped me a lot and their advice has come in handy in difficult match situations. Also, I got to meet the likes of (Rahul) Dravid sir and Viru paaji (Virender Sehwag) and they too offered me good tips.”
Talking about his captain George Bailey, he said, “George is an interesting person and has given me total freedom. He has always told me the ball is in your hands and you are your own captain. That does help boost your self-confidence.”
On his relationship with Johnson, he further elaborated, “We haven’t spoken much about our bowling but we’ve had long conversations on mental skills and how to keep calm during pressure. He also told me how not to be nervous when you’ve been battered by the rival batsman and maintain focus.”
Sandeep was the highest wicket taker in the last Ranji season and would be hoping to break into the national team soon.