IPL 2019: Ishant Sharma reveals details of his banters with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli
He had fun banters with both his India teammates while being competitors in the IPL.
Updated - May 9, 2019 10:18 pm
Each season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) brings along with it a list of interesting on-field and also off-field stories that engage teh fans. In one such development from this season, Delhi Capitals (DC) fast bowler Ishant Sharma has revealed some interesting conversations he had with the respective captains of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI) – Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
During the DC vs RCB game, Kohli was ‘almost’ caught behind off Ishant’s bowling, before the third umpire turned down the appeal on assumption that the ball bounced once before being caught by Rishabh Pant. Following this, Ishant and Kohli got into a brief conversation in which the former asked the latter to go back to the dugout, while the latter, after being ruled not out, asked the former to go back and bowl.
“I think it carried. I told him, “You are out, walk, go.” Virat said, “No, it was one-bounce, you go and bowl.” The umpire gave it not out. Virat hit me for a six next ball,” Ishant Sharma told ESPNCricinfo in a chat.
He then revealed another interesting banter with Rohit Sharma, the one in which the Mumbai skipper wasn’t able to get the ball on the middle of his bat.
“Even against Rohit [Sharma], against Mumbai Indians in Delhi, I was having fun in the middle. I told him, “Maar na” [Hit it]. He said, “Yeh kya wicket pe khelte ho tum? Kahan se maroonga?” [What kind of wicket is this? How will I hit it?]. After the match I told him, “Maara nahin tune yaar” [You didn’t hit big]. He said, “Udhar aa na” [Come to Wankhede]. I told him: “Out kiya na tujhe” [But I got you out]. So these are fun moments we have despite playing with intensity. Yes, we are playing the IPL, but the Indian team is my first family.”
Will Ishant and Rohit face off again?
Mumbai are already in the finals are beating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Qualifier 1. As for Delhi, they won the Eliminator and will now face CSK in the Qualifier 2 which will decide which team Mumbai plays in the final.