Indian Test pacer, Ishant Sharma has disclosed how much former Indian captain, MS Dhoni supported him during his captaincy tenure. Ishant has been great for India in Test cricket in the last few years. He is one of the vital cogs of the Indian Test team. But, he struggled a lot for consistency during the early part of his career.

Speaking to IANS, the lanky Indian pacer revealed that, “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.

Ishant Sharma is touted as a specialist Test match player. He also opened up on what he thinks about that. “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.

Asked if he did speak to anyone about not finding a place in the limited-overs team, Ishant said: “To be honest I haven’t spoken to anyone about where I am lacking. I am someone who is very harsh on myself and don’t go to others for a reason. I feel if I am not selected the blame lies with me.”

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