IND vs ENG: Virat Kohli talked about his history with Ishant Sharma.© AFP
India’s fast bowler Ishant Sharma is set to play his 100th Test against England of India at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Before the fast bowler’s milestone match, captain Virat Kohli opened up about his relationship with Ishant Sharma and even recounted an incident when the bowler got his first call-up to the national team. Kohli said during a virtual press conference before the third Test of the series against England, “Ishant started playing state cricket with me. We used to stay in the room for a long time for state cricket, Ranji cricket.”
Kohli said, “When he was elected to India, he was sleeping in the afternoon and I had to kill him and wake him up to give him the news.”
The India captain said, “There is a lot of trust between us. I am very happy to see him enjoying his bowling.”
He also described how it is rare for a fast bowler to maintain fitness and show that kind of longevity for Ishant – especially in the longest format of the game.
“To maintain his body and play his 100 Tests is a rare achievement in modern-day cricket, especially among fast bowlers,” said Kohli.
Kohli also said that Ishant may prefer limited-overs cricket, but has given his full attention to Test cricket.
With India and England equalizing 1–1 in the third Test and the World Test Championship final in the line.
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