Karn Sharma praises captain Kohli and team management

Adelaide, Dec 9: Debutant leg-spinner Karn Sharma has praised the Indian team management, particularly skipper Virat Kohli and team director Ravi Shastri, for encouraging him ahead of the first Test against Australia here today.

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Opting to bat first, the hosts finished day one at 354 for six. "I just got to know this morning that I will be making my debut," said Sharma.

"I had this confidence that I will get a chance sooner or later on this tour. But getting it in the first match itself is very good for me."

"Mentally and technically, Ravi Shastri helps a lot. All our support staff and coaches are also helping me. They give me confidence that I must continue to bowl the way I have been.

"Skipper Virat Kohli told me previously to bowl the way I bowl and he will give the field according to my strengths," he added.

Sharma bowled decently for a debutant spinner on a day one flat track at the Adelaide Oval. He finished with figures of 1-89 from 23 overs, taking the crucial wicket of centurion David Warner who scored his 10th Test hundred.

"Basically my aim is to bowl good line and length. This is what I bowl in T20 cricket and ODIs. I just want to continue to do that. Getting hit is a part and parcel of the game.

"I am happy that I broke a crucial partnership and I just want to continue doing that," said Sharma. When asked if he felt any nerves about bowling as early as the 18th over on his Test debut, the leg-spinner replied, "I tried bowling like I have been in domestic cricket.

"It doesn't change whether it is Australia, England or West Indies. I always try to bowl that way. You have to control your nerves when you play for your country."


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