'Lambu, you left me midway in my last Test': What MS Dhoni told Ishant Sharma before announcing retirement
Hours after saving the Boxing Day Test match for Team India on December 30, 2014, former skipper MS Dhoni had dropped the bomb on the Indian cricket fraternity by taking a shock retirement from the longest and oldest format of the gentlemen's game. More than six years after Dhoni's premature retirement from Test cricket, veteran Indian pacer Ishant Sharma opened up about playing the famous Melbourne encounter which turned out to be the swansong of the Ranchi stalwart. Gearing up for his record 100th Test appearance for Team India, Ishant shared an interesting anecdote about the former Indian skipper during the 2014 encounter against hosts Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Ishant was roped in by Ravichandran Ashwin for a special interaction on the eve of his 100th Test appearance. In conversation with the seasoned campaigner in the whites for India, pacer Ishant revealed that he had taken several injections as the speed merchant was suffering from excruciating pain in his knee at the time. Talking about Dhoni's decision to call it quits midway in India's tour Down Under, Ishant said that he had no idea that then skipper will call time on an illustrious career. Virat Kohli has equalled MS Dhoni's record as the most successful Test captain in India with his 28th home match Dhoni: 21 wins in 30 Test matches. Kohli: 21 wins in 28 Test matches.#INDvENG pic.twitter.com/Wiu3q10o47“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,” Ishant said. #OnThisDay in 2014, after drawing the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the MCG, MS Dhoni announced his retirement from the longest format He remains India's most successful wicket-keeper in Tests with 2️⃣9️⃣4️⃣ dismissals in 90 matches pic.twitter.com/1AMRo7kY6CThe lanky pacer then revealed what Dhoni told him when he expressed his discomfort about taking too many injections. “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’,” he recalled. Regarded as one of the greatest captains in the history of the game, Dhoni played 90 Test matches for Team India. The only captain to win a 50-over World Cup, T20I World Cup, and ICC Champions Trophy, Dhoni guided Team India to the No.1 Test ranking in 2009. On 15 August 2020, Dhoni announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.