Don’t worry Ishant Sharma, it happens to everyone, says James Faulkner

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“There are going to be days when you would look silly out there, and that has happened to me a lot of times”

Just a day after James Faulkner smashed 30 runs, which included four sixes, off an over from Ishant Sharma, the Australian all-rounder has tried to comfort the Indian pace bowler by telling him not to “worry” about it.

Faulkner’s unbeaten 64 off 29 balls, which included two boundaries and an incredible six maximums, helped Australia post a remarkable win over India in the third ODI in Mohali, giving the baggy greens a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series.

“There is always pressure to bowl at that stage,” Faulkner said. “I know that as I have done that a few times for Australia… there are going to be days when you would look silly out there, and that has happened to me a lot of times, don’t worry about that (Ishant).

“But there are also other times when you might bowl a good over and win a game for your team, that’s cricket.”

After failing to defend a mammoth total of 359 in the second ODI in Jaipur, Faulkner revealed that Australia had planned to target the medium pacers in the third ODI.

“I didn’t feel I could get Ashwin over the long boundary, with his carom balls,” Faulkner said. “I thought the only way we could win the game is to take on the medium pacers from the other end and try and take 20 off each over… that was our only chance to be honest.

“It was a kick in the guts, the second game in Jaipur. To score 360 and have them chase down the total was really disappointing. We knew we had to bounce back with a good game and now we are 2-1 up in the series. It’s going to be a really tough contest for the next four games.”

Faulkner also praised Adam Voges for supporting him and playing a stellar innings at the same time.

“He batted exceptionally well with mature head and I am happy for him,” Faulkner said. “I thought through the middle we bowled really well as a group and restricted the boundaries at one stage and I suppose India did the same to us… that’s the one-day game there’s going to be highs and lows.”

The 23-year-old also admitted that it had been an “unbelievable series so far”.

“To be pretty honest, it has been an unbelievable series so far,” he said. “In the first three games, every single team that has batted first has posted over 300. So, it’s been a really good series so far and I am pretty sure that there is going to be some strong cricket played for the last four games.”

When asked if Australia bowled first in the third ODI due to the dew on the pitch, Faulkner said: “I am not sure about that, You have to ask George (Bailey). I said let’s chase, let’s try and get some early wickets and put them under pressure, which we did. I thought we bowled reasonably well at the start, there were some chances we created as a team. MS (Dhoni) batted exceptionally well, but in the end we won, which is a good thing.”

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