Ishant will play his 100th test for India when the hosts take over England in the third test at the newly built Motera Stadium on Wednesday. Collie said Ishant was asleep when the news of his election to the national team was announced.
“Ishant started playing state cricket with me. When he was elected to India, he was asleep and I had to kick him to tell him the news. That’s how far we get. We have great trust between us. “I’m really excited to see him enjoy his bowling over the years,” Collie said in a virtual news conference on Tuesday.
The Indian skipper also praised Ishant’s longevity and pointed out how the pacer prioritizes the Tests instead of cricket with white balls.
“It’s rare to see a pacer have such longevity these days. Ishant could easily have given priority to white ball cricket, but to his credit for not doing so. I’m so happy he’s playing his 100- and a test and I hope to play for India for many more years, “said Collie.
With a place in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) on the line, India and England will lock the horns in the vital test with pink balls. To qualify for the WTC final, India must beat England 2-1 or 3-1 in the series.