Ishant Sharma Reveals What Led to Lack Of Success Under MS Dhoni’s Leadership

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Ishant Sharma. Credit: Getty Images.

Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are the two titans of Indian cricket who, with their contrasting styles of captaincy, achieved unparalleled success for their team. Virat Kohli has found plenty of success for the Indian team in Test cricket while MS Dhoni brought an enormous amount of heights for the men in blue in white-ball cricket. Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma, who has played several games under both of them spots the difference which led them to taste massive success under Kohli’s reign.

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The 31-year old speedster opined that during Dhoni’s time as a leader, some of them were relatively inexperienced. Additionally, the fast bowlers were constantly rotated, which didn’t enable them to settle as a unit. He further said that with six to seven fast bowlers regularly coming in and out didn’t let them communicate effectively. He pointed out that under Kohli’s captaincy, communication is one crucial factor that has sparked wonders and catapult the pace-bowling unit as one of the finest currently.

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“Look during Dhoni’s time, some of us didn’t have that much of experience. Also, the fast bowlers would be rotated a lot, that’s also a reason that consistency as a group couldn’t be achieved.
If you know that you are a pool of 3-4 fast bowlers (now with Jasprit Bumrah), that increases communication. Earlier, there would be 6 to 7 bowlers, communication wasn’t there.” Sharma said as quoted by India Today.

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The Delhi pacer was of the view that, presently under Kohli’s leadership, apart from gaining plenty of experience under their belt, they stay more as a family and less as a team. Furthermore, the bond has allowed free and frank discussions between them that in turn, produces fruitful results on the field.

“But when Virat took over, we have all by then gained a fair amount of experience and that helped. Now when you play more, stay in that dressing room more, spend more time with the team compared to family, discussions are free and frank. And then you start enjoying when you go out there in the middle. That’s a different feeling,” the 96-Test veteran added.

India’s next Test tour comprise of facing New Zealand in the two-Test series in February.

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