Ishant Sharma questions Dhoni’s captaincy, says he enjoys playing under Virat

The Hush Post | 3:31 pm | One-minute read |

Team India pacer Ishant Sharma has made a stunning remark against former India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The Delhi fast bowler has said that pace bowlers got lesser chances under MS Dhoni. Virat, on his part, has encouraged fast bowlers, he said, adding that he enjoyed playing under the Indian skipper.

Talking to reporters after Delhi beat Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy, Ishant said, “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”.

The 31-year-old cricketer also claimed that there was pool of 6 to 7 bowlers under Dhoni, which hampered communication. “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,” Ishant added.

Praising Virat Kohli for his captainship, the veteran of 96 Tests said, “But when Virat took over, we have all by then gained fair amount of experience and that helped”.

Notably, Ishant is currently the most experienced Test bowler in the Indian squad. His performance during the past couple of years has been magnificent. Since his debut in 2007, Ishant has bagged 292 wickets. The last 80 scalps have come since 2017. He has played 23 Tests in the last three years, bagging 80 wickets.


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