Virat Kohli’s classless act divides the world of cricket
Indian captain Virat Kohli left the divided cricket world after taunting fans during his dramatic team victory over England in the fourth test.
Britain’s hopes for a famous victory were dashed after a terrible collapse of five batters at the Oval and a visitor-inspired bowling demonstration.
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The home team won 368, which would have been a national record for a fourth-inning run chase overshadowing the 9-362 against Australia at Headingley two years ago.
However, it was India that took a 2-1 lead in the series after England collapsed from 2-141 to 6-147 in the middle of the fifth and final day.
Shortly after the tea, India won a 157-point win to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
They had built a decent platform at 0-77 overnight and, with Rory Burns doing 50, went to lunch still vying at 2-131.
But ten points later, Haseeb Hameed, who had dug to score 63, was upset by a ball thrown into rough by Ravi Jadeja.
A rattling of wickets followed as England collapsed. Ollie Pope was knocked over by Jasprit Bumrah for two, the dressmaker, playing superbly at bowling with the old ball, followed by the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow, Yorked for a duck.
Australian spin king Shane Warne called Bumrah’s bowling effort “Summer Spell” on Twitter.
“I’m really proud of the character the team showed, especially this morning, the way we played bowling,” said Indian captain Virat Kohli at Sky Sports.
“I think this is definitely one of the top three bowling performances I’ve seen as the captain of India.”
However, Kohli’s actions towards English fans became a topic of discussion during the contest, as he seemed to mock Barmy’s army.
As the English drummers collapsed, the Indian skipper celebrated a window by turning to Barmy’s army and pretending to play one of the trumpets that they so often blow from the stands.
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Some viewers thought it was a brilliant way for the Indian captain to give English fans a taste of their own medicine, while others thought it reeked of bad sportsmanship.
Anyway, Kohli’s controversial moment has become a big topic of discussion on social networks.
English cricket journalist Lawrence Booth sarcastically tweeted: I love it. His teammates are celebrating a window, but Kohli finds time to taunt the English fans. Don’t miss a tip!
To clear up any confusion, I don’t really like it. I find it strange when a high-level athlete does not just win a match after having totally dominated the opponent but also wants to stick to the fans.
Former British usher Nick Compton added, “It doesn’t look good for him! It’s not necessary.”
The collapse of England gives victory to India.
When Moeen Ali then fell against Jadeja for another duck on the fifth day – the 43rd suffered by England this calendar year – England’s hopes for victory seemed bleak.
This left England fighting only to save the game. Their last hope went when Captain Joe Root scored 36-7-182.
It didn’t take India long to finish the heats, with Umesh Yadav working through the tail to pick up 3-60 while Bumrah took 2-27 out of 22 overs.
Jadeja and Shardul Thakur also claimed a pair of wickets each while England was fired for 210.
In the photo, Virat Kohli celebrates India’s fourth victory in the Test against England.
Virat Kohli celebrates India’s fourth victory in the Test against England. Photo: Getty
“It was incredible,” Kohli told BBC Radio. ”
We like to be disbarred, and I think a lot of people after [England won at] Leeds said, Can India come back?
But we have shown time and time again that we are a leading team, and we have been at the top for some time now, and it is because of the conviction and passion we have in this group. This victory is as unique as [the win at] Lord, if not more.”
English captain Joe Root said, “It’s frustrating. All three results were on the table. I thought we had established a platform to continue and win the game. It was a brilliant bowling spell that opened it up for India.
“We need to look at the whole game. Our capture needs to improve. We’re going to learn a little bit. The good thing is we don’t have to dwell on it. We’ll be ready to do it again. When we get to Old Trafford.”
The final test starts in Manchester on Friday.