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India’s veteran fast bowler Ishant Sharma and captain Virat Kohli have shared a great bonhomie with each other as both of them have played together for Delhi in the domestic circuit. Both of them know each other’s strengths and weaknesses as it has been almost 15 years since they are playing together. Ishant Sharma has revealed that Virat Kohli was not afraid to face fast bowlers even as a kid and used to play them with aplomb.
Kohli has been a confident batsman since Under-17 days and he has always worked hard on his game. More importantly, Kohli always likes to be in the contest and take the bull by its horns. The right-hander is known to give his 120% on the field and there no double thoughts in his mind.
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Ishant recalled that Virat was comfortable while facing all kinds of bowlers and didn’t have any issues while facing anyone in the nets. Kohli made a name for himself after he led the Under-19 team to glory in 2008.
“I had first met him (Virat) during the trial for an under-17 team. There itself he was batting with a cap at nets and even in the match against all kinds of bowlers. Pacers, spinners he did not have any issue facing them. Some of the boys were bowling really fast but he did not have any fear”, said Ishant in a video shared by his IPL team Delhi Capitals.
On the other hand, Ishant added that Kohli has hardly changed even after becoming India’s captain and the world’s best batsman. The lanky pacer added that Kohli has remained grounded and he likes to have fun with teammates.
“We know each other from the U-17 days and we end up talking to each other a lot. He always loves to have fun around teammates. It has not changed at all even after he became the captain. We still share a lot of jokes and laughter and even when I am not in the team we have kept in touch with each other, and it is a special kind of bonding”, said the Delhi pacer.
Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma would be up against each other in the upcoming IPL. However, the tournament is still hanging on by a thin thread due to coronavirus pandemic. The IPL was to begin from March 29 but it has been indefinitely postponed.