“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."
Talking about the confidence he gets from the team staff, he added, “Mentally and technically, Ravi Shastri helps a lot. All our support staff and coaches are also helping me.”
Sharma bowled decently for a debutant spinner on the day one at the Adelaide Oval's flat track. "Skipper Virat Kohli told me previously to bowl the way I bowl and he will give the field according to my strengths," he said.

Opting to bat first, the hosts finished at 354 for six on the first day. 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 did in T20 cricket and ODIs. I just want to continue to do that. Getting hit is a part and parcel of the game,” 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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