Indian veteran Ishant Sharma, who is set to play his 100th test match, revealed that while playing in the 2014 Melbourne Test he suffered multiple injections due to severe knee pain. However, while playing, he didn’t know, the match was going to be MS Dhoni’s last.
The former Indian skipper had stunned world cricket after announcing his retirement from Test Cricket. The announcement came after the Boxing Day Test in 2014, a match that ended in a draw.
In a video interaction with Ravichandran Ashwin on his Youtube channel, Ishant Sharma revealed how he learned of the MS Dhoni’s retirement decision. He recalled: “I felt very bad (retired MS Dhoni). I had taken many injections for this Melbourne Test match because I had severe pain in my knee. I didn’t know Mahi bhai (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) was going to retire. In fact, no one knew he was going to retire. So I was giving an injection at every session. “
Continuing the story, Ishant Sharma added, “At tea on the fourth day, I told Mahi bhai that I couldn’t do any more injections. So he told me, it’s okay. You didn’t. need to bowl now. Then something happened, and he said to me, ‘lambu tune mujhe Test match mein chod diya‘(you left me during the test). I did not understand. Then he explained: “You left me halfway through my last test match”.
Ishant Sharma also said how stunned he was after hearing this. “I was stunned. I told him if I had known I would definitely have kept playing. So it was a really touching story. I didn’t know until the last day that he was retiring. “
The pacemaker went on to describe MS Dhoni as someone who cared little about numbers. He added that Dhoni never bothered to play 100 tests.
“Although he was close to 100 tests he was always a team man. I remember him telling me when we were in England that it was not important for him to play 100 tests. Instead, he felt that we should start grooming (Wriddhiman) Saha. That’s why he made the sudden decision to retire, I think. “
Speaking of MS Dhoni, the wicket-beater keeper has appeared in 90 tests and scored 4876 points with an average of 38.09, with six hundred and best of 224. As for Ishant Sharma, he is set to feature in his. 100th test when India locks with England in the pink ball test at La Motera.