Kohli recalls Ishant Sharma’s maiden national call-up
Ishant Sharma is one of the best pacers in Team India. He is actively playing only red-ball cricket for the Indian team. The right-arm fast pacer has bagged as many as 302 wickets to his name in the longest format of the game.
The lanky pacer recently clinched his 300th wicket during the second Test match against England at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. Indian pacer is all set to accomplish yet another milestone in his cricketing career as he will become the 10th Indian to feature in 100 or more Tests when he steps out for the third Test match against England which starts on February 24 at Sardar Patel Stadium, also known as Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad.
In fact, no cricketer in the present team is in the 100-Test club. It should be noted that after Ishant Sharma, only Virat Kohli is the most experienced Test cricketer with 89 caps to his names. On the eve of the third Test match, Indian captain Kohli disclosed his relationship with Ishant.
Both the players made their first-class debuts together in the year 2006 against Tamil Nadu. In the next year, Ishant went on to represent Team India in Tests. On the other hand, Virat Kohli had to wait for four more years to make his mark in Test cricket.
Kohli on his relationship with Ishant
While addressing the media ahead of the pink-ball Test, Kohli started the conversation by disclosing that he and his teammate Ishant started playing state cricket together. He also opened up that both of them used to be roommates for a long time while representing Delhi.
The Indian captain further went on to speak about an incident involving Ishant Sharma. He went on to talk about an incident from when the pacer bagged his maiden national call-up.
“Ishant started playing state cricket with me. We used to be roommates for a long time for state cricket, Ranji cricket. When he got selected for India, he was fast asleep in the afternoon and I had to kick him and wake him up to give him the news.
That’s how far we go. We have great trust between us. I’ve been very happy to see him enjoy his bowling over the years,” the Indian captain said during a virtual press conference.
The skipper went on to praise Ishant for his incredible achievement. “Great achievement in modern-day cricket to maintain your body like he has and play 100 Tests, it is rare especially among fast bowlers,” Kohli said.