Ishant Sharma Reveals Virat Kohli's Stance On Showing Aggression

Ishant Sharma Reveals Virat Kohli’s Stance On Showing Aggression

Ishant Sharma, NCA, Rahul Dravid, BCCI,
Ishant Sharma (R) talks with Virat Kohli. Credit: BCCI

India’s Test team pacer Ishant Sharma engaged in a conversation with opening batsman Mayank Agarwal and spoke on a plethora of topics. Ishant recalled his ODI debut back in 2007 and most importantly talked in detail about the 2016-17 Test series against Australia. Regarding the same, Ishant Sharma revealed what captain Virat Kohli thinks about displaying aggression.

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The 2016-17 four-Test series against Australia in India was a highly competitive one contrary to most experts’ expectations. While the hosts managed to win the series, Steve Smith’s Australia took them to their limits with the Australian captain scoring approximately 500 runs. Not only did the rubber was known for infamous controversies, but it is also best remembered for Ishant’s antics in the second Test in Bangalore.

Ishant Sharma, Australia vs India 2018
Ishant Sharma (Credits – Getty)

During the second Test at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, the contest was getting spicier between Smith and the 31-year old speedster. With the then Australian captain in ominous form with the bat, Indian bowlers had a tough time in getting him out. Eventually, they had him out for 8 and 28 in the first and second innings as India levelled series.

He loves it when you show aggression: Ishant Sharma on Virat Kohli

Recalling that particular incident, the right-arm speedster gave an animated reaction of mimicking Steve Smith that not only left his teammates in splits but also the fans. The 31-year old said that he did only to perturb the Australian batsman.

Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma
Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma (Photo-Getty)

As far as showing aggression is concerned, Virat Kohli loves when his players show aggression. Ishant admits that Kohli’s utmost concern is getting wickets for the team and as long as the bowlers are getting breakthroughs, it is okay for them to do whatever they want. At the same, Kohli also believes one should be careful not to get banned.

“He is an aggressive captain, he loves it when you show aggression and he doesn’t tell you anything for that. He always says just get me the wicket and do whatever you want. He just tells me not to get banned. So, when I was banned in Sri Lanka he came again and said do everything you want but just don’t get banned.” the 97-Test veteran stated as quoted by India Today.

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