The 31-year-old pacer Ishant Sharma opened up on the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Ishant Sharma has played an essential role in Indian bowling and has emerged as one of the strongest pacers in longer formats.
India has come a long way to become a dominant force specially with their pace attack and spinning. When asked the reason behind India’s success, Ishant Sharma stated that under MS Dhoni’s captaincy the team had inexperienced bowler’s and they were rotated a lot. And, as there were many bowler’s at the time there was less communication between them, but now suggests there’s a mixed pool of 3-4 bowler’s that makes it easier to communicate.
“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,” Ishant told reporters.
Adding further he said, “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,”
When Virat Kohli took over the captaincy, the team of bowler’s had gained enough experience which helped the team move forward. Ishant also emphasized on the fact that as they played more they spend more time in the dressing room which has helped in stronger bonding.
“Now when you play more, stay in that dressing room more, spend more time with team compared to family, discussions are free and frank. And then you start enjoying when you go out there in the middle. That’s a different feeling,” Ishant said.