‘You left me midway in my last Test match’: Ishant Sharma recalls his talk with MS Dhoni

Veteran Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, who’s all set to play his one hundredth Test match, revealed that whereas taking part in the 2014 Melbourne Test, he had taken a number of injections owing to extreme knee ache. However, whereas taking part in, he didn’t know, the match was going to be MS Dhoni’s last.

The former Indian skipper had shocked world cricket after he had introduced his retirement from Test cricket. The announcement had come after the Boxing Day Test in 2014, a match that ended in a draw.

In a video interplay with Ravichandran Ashwin on his Youtube channel, Ishant Sharma revealed how he discovered about MS Dhoni’s retirement determination. He recalled: “I felt very bad (on MS Dhoni’s retirement). I had taken many injections for that Melbourne Test match because I was experiencing severe pain in my knee. I did not know that Mahi bhai (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) was going to retire. In fact, nobody knew that he was going to retire. So I was taking an injection every session.”

Continuing the story, Ishant Sharma added: “At tea on the fourth day, I told Mahi bhai I cannot take injections any more. So he told me, that’s okay. You don’t need to bowl now. Then something happened, and he told me, ‘lambu tune mujhe Test match mein chod diya‘ (you left me during the Test). I did not understand. Then he elaborated, ‘you left me midway in my last Test match.”

Ishant Sharma additionally mentioned how shocked he was after listening to this. “I was stunned. I told him if I knew I would definitely have continued to play. So that was a really touching story. I didn’t know till the last day that he was retiring.”

The pacer went on to explain MS Dhoni as somebody who cared little for numbers. He added that Dhoni was by no means bothered about taking part in 100 Tests. 

“Although he was close to 100 Tests, he was always a team man. I remember he told me when we were in England that it is not important for him to play hundred Tests. Instead, he felt that we need to start grooming (Wriddhiman) Saha. That’s why he took the sudden decision to retire, I feel.”

About MS Dhoni, the wicketkeeper-batsman performed 90 Tests and scored 4876 runs at a median of 38.09, with six lots of and a better of 224. As for Ishant Sharma, he’s all set to characteristic in his one hundredth Test when India lock horns with England in the pink-ball Test on the Motera.

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