India’s Test record in England ever since the victorious 2007 tour under Rahul Dravid has been nothing short of abysmal. In fact, it’s his record as captain in tests in England that is a huge blot on MSD’s otherwise successful career. India only managed to win one match under Dhoni’s captaincy in 9 attempts in England.
This victory came in 2014 at Lord’s courtesy a brilliant 7 wicket haul by Ishant Sharma in the fourth innings. To this date, it is the best performance by Sharma in his 90+ test career. In a recent interaction, the lanky pacer revealed Dhoni’s advice that helped him unleash that spell.
The Delhi lad said “At the end of the fourth day, I had already dismissed Cook and Bell, Mahi bhai told us that from here on no one will think of a draw.” He added “there was pressure on the last day with Moeen Ali and Root batting well, so Mahi Bhai asked me to bowl short as nothing was happening”. This advice from the captain did the trick as Sharma picked up 5 wickets with the short ball and won india the game.