I do not need to strengthen my muscles: Ishant

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New Delhi, Mar 12 (UNI) India's latest speed superstar, Ishant Sharma, today rubbished the statement by former Australian coach John Buchanan that he needed to beef-up his not-too-impressive physique.

''I think I have enough strength in my body,'' the lanky fast bowler told mediapersons here. ''I do not need to strengthen my muscles anymore.'' Buchanan had remarked in Kolkata yesterday that Ishant needed to build up his muscles to ensure an injury-free career.

Ishant, who was at a felicitation function organised by his school Ganga International, credited his success to his school, without whom, he said, he could not have scaled the heights of sucess.

He, however, declined to comment on the recently concluded Australian tour since he is forbidden to do so according to a directive by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

''I will not speak on cricketing issues,'' he remarked.

''However, if you ask questions on any other isssue, I am ready to answer.'' The 19-year-old denied that he was having second thoughts after skipping his higher secondary board exams.

''If I had appeared for the exams, I could not have reached the position I have reached today,'' he said.

''But I would definitely appear for the exam in future.'' When asked if he would like to follow in the footsteps of his one-day skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and shorten his flowing locks, the Delhi lad said,''I cannot comment on this now.

''Maybe I will do so in the future if the need arises.'' UNI AB VD BD2102

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