India’s experienced fast bowler Ishant Sharma has revealed that former skipper MS Dhoni saved him from getting dropped from the team. In fact, Dhoni is well known to back his players and he has often put his weight behind the players. Similarly, MS Dhoni had also backed the current Indian skipper Virat Kohli when his performances were not up to the mark in the initial phase of his career.

Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma has done a great job in the recent past. The lanky fast bowler is now the leader of the pack as he has all the experience under his belt. In fact, Ishant was the leading wicket-taker for India on the tour of England as he had taken 18 wickets in five Test matches.

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Ishant Sharma. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Ishant had done a good job in 2018.

Subsequently, the experienced Delhi fast bowler had taken 41 wickets in 11 Test matches in 2018. Thus, he has delivered the goods for the India National Cricket Team.

“Mahi Bhai saved me from getting dropped a few times. He backed me a lot. Yes, now being the senior member of the team Virat comes up to me and says ‘I know you are tired and fatigued, but as a senior member you have to do it for the team’.

“Earlier, I was just looking to bowl well but now I am looking to perform and want to take wickets. Only wickets can change perception,” he added while speaking to IANS.

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni had turned the tables in the Champions Trophy final in 2013. England was cruising to a comfortable win but Ishant Sharm bowled a two-wicket over which changed the complexion of the game. Ishant was able to get rid of two settled batsman in Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan.

Ishant Sharma eyes World Cup berth.

On the other hand, Ishant Sharma is hopeful of making it to the World Cup squad.

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Ishant Sharma. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

“Yes, perception is a big part that players have been dealing with. I don’t know from where this comes from. I don’t think about too many things.

“I just take it as an opportunity and if I do well, I will be in a position to stake a claim in the World Cup squad,” he said.

Ishant gives credit to County cricket and Jason Gillespie.

Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma had played for Sussex in the County Cricket. The fast bowler believes the County stint has helped him improve as Jason Gillespie gave him a lot of confidence.

“I think the county has helped me a lot as it was very tiring. Bowling 300 overs in just 16 days, I played four games. But it brought a lot of control to my game.

“Jason Gillespie gave me a lot of confidence. He was always supportive and gave me freedom. I was there for just two months so no technical change,” he said.

Ishant Sharma was picked by Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League auctions. Meanwhile, the Delhi-based pacer has done a good job in the recent past as he has made most of his experience.