Seasoned Indian Test bowler Ishant Sharma has shed light on his bond with former Indian captain, MS Dhoni. Ishant Sharma admitted that it was not before 2013 that he knew MS Dhoni as well as he does now. While Ishant made his international debut under Rahul Dravid, it was under the keeper-batsman that he started developing as a vital cog of the team.
MS Dhoni has garnered plenty of praises from a host of cricketers, not only Indian but also global ones. In recent times, the likes of Michael Hussey, Dwayne Bravo, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Nabi, and Mushfiqur Rahim have showered plenty of appreciations on him. The Jharkhand cricketer began captaining India in 2007 and oversaw one of the most successful periods of the men in blue till 2016.
Ishant Sharma revealed that he started conversing with MS Dhoni only after he played an integral role in the final of the 2013 Champions Trophy. A young Indian team went on to emerge victorious in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, beating England by five runs in the final at Edgbaston.
The 31-year old said that his interaction with Dhoni was limited before 2013 when he started talking to him and understanding him. The Indian captain’s debatable decision to give the ball to Ishant in the 18th over of English innings reaped massive rewards as the right-arm bowler dismissed two set batsmen to dent the hosts’ chances.
“Initially, my interaction with MS Dhoni was limited, but after 2013, I started talking to him and understanding him,” Ishant stated in the Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
“You can ask (Mohammed) Shami, he goes to his room the most” : Ishant Sharma
The Delhi pacer acknowledged after a conversation with MS Dhoni how respectfully he treats the youngsters and is the same on the field. Ishant disclosed that Mohammed Shami visits his room the most and one can learn plenty from Dhoni whether it be cricket or life.
“Then I got to know how cool he is and how nicely he talks to the youngsters and treats them. He is same on the field, he has never asked us to not visit him in his room. You can ask (Mohammed) Shami, he goes to his room the most! He has always been like this, and it’s a different moment to enjoy with him when you can learn a lot of things from him, about cricket or life,” the 97-Test veteran added.