“Was Alone And..”, Ishant Sharma On Virat’s Saddest Phase Of Career

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Indian bowler Ishant Sharma praised Virat Kohli and recalls the day after Kohli’s father died, labelling it as the saddest day of the batting maestro’s career.

Ishant Sharma On Virat’s Saddest Phase Of Career

Virat Kohli’s father, Prem, died at the age of 54 in the early hours on December 19, 2006. Virat was playing a Ranji Trophy match for his home side Delhi against Karnataka when he got the news of his father’s death.

Ishant Sharma who shares a close bond with Kohli has played with him since their U-17 days.

“The day Virat Kohli’s father passed away, he was alone & sad. He didn’t say anything and seemed very serious. I asked him why are you not saying anything. I had no idea at that time. Our video analyst told that his father had died. I didn’t knew how to react but then he batted & saved the game when he was just 17 years – till today I don’t understand how, if that happens to me, I would not have been gone to ground,” Ishant said on Beer Biceps podcast.

A few years back, Kohli had revealed why his father’s death did not stop him from batting for Delhi.

“I still remember the night my father passed away as it was the hardest time in my life. But the call to play the morning after my father’s death came instinctively to me,” Kohli told CNN in 2016.

“I called my (Delhi) coach in the morning. I said I wanted to play because for me not completing a cricket game is a sin. That was a moment that changed me as a person. The importance this sport holds in my life is very, very high,” he added.