London: India pacer Ishant Sharma defended skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to not give the ball to the in-form bowler at a crucial juncture of the fourth day's play in the Lord's Test against England, saying that he had himself asked the latter for a break.
Dhoni left quite a few surprised by not using Ishant - who had destroyed England's top-order with a hostile spell just before lunch - straightaway into the second session.
"I am also human. I have a body to look after and there are three more Test matches. I had bowled 11 overs in the first session and during the break, Dhoni asked me if I wanted to bowl straightaway after lunch or if I preferred a break. I said I wanted a break," Ishant told reporters.