IND vs ENG: 'Being Old Friends, We Trust Each Other' Virat Kohli On Ishant Sharma
"Playing 100 Tests as a fast bowler is no mean feat and playing especially in our conditions, things can get is so difficult. But he kept working hard. He is very hardworking and is very honest about his abilities, about what he can do and what he can bring to the table," the India skipper added.
Kohli said that Sharma needs to be lauded for preferring Test cricket over ODI and T20I cricket.
"Hard to see [such longevity to play 100 Tests], especially for fast bowlers in today's age and time. People lose motivation. If he would have wanted, he would have bowled 4 overs, 10 overs, etc, would have improved and played regular cricket in ODIs and T20Is as a first-choice player. But he kept his focus only on Test cricket. In today's day and age, playing 100 Tests is a big thing," added the India skipper.
Kohli said that the two trust each other.
"I was very excited to work with him and bring the best out of him as an attacking fast bowler. Something clicked, because he knew I knew him inside out, there is the big trust factor. I know he will respond to advise. I know he knows that I will listen to his plans as well."
"I think it is working really well for not just both of us but also for me as a captain to have him as a fast bowler - his experience, consistency with attacking lines and lengths he bowls."