“MS Dhoni used him as a guy who threw a lot”: Ajit Agarkar explains how a former Indian captain made Ishant Sharma a better bowler – cricket

The absence of India’s most experienced fast bowler Ishant Sharma from the four-match Test series against Australia has emerged as one major topic of discussions. Ishant played a major role in India’s first-ever winning streak on Australian soil in 2018-19 and his absence will certainly shine a little from India’s powerful attack led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.

At a time when India is still considering Ishant’s replacement for the first Test against Australia, which will also mark the very first day-night pink affair between the two sides since Thursday, former Indian pacifist Ajit Agarkar shared his thoughts on the thin. pacer.

Agarkar showed how former Indian captain MS Dhoni turned Ishant into a better bowler.

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Ishant, who exploded on the scene with a threatening spell against former Australian captain Ricky Ponting in 2008-09, lacked the ability to take wickets in a bundle. He was always a bankable option but never quite the match winner. Agarkar explained how Dhoni persisted with him in getting the best out of the Delhi pacifist.

“MS Dhoni, when he was captain, used him as that guy who just threw a lot of excesses in the day and then got a few wickets, and he had his main strikers bowling, which he kept spinning,” Agarkar told Sony Sports Network earlier of the first Test.

Ishant may have missed the Australian Test series due to an injury he took in the IPL, but Agarkar said the 97 Test veteran deserves the credit for maintaining his fitness for such a long time.

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“Fitness is one of the things that has kept him in a good place throughout his career. Anyone who has played more than 90 Tests should have a good fit. And his bowling started to improve, started to impress … one of the reasons was because he does not play white ball cricket, he is always much fresher after he comes into an exam series. His bowling does not fall as much when he is tired. That is why his lengths are better, “he said.

Umesh Yadav seems to be the predecessor to take the place of the third tailor in the first Test in Adelaide. However he will get stiff competition from Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini.