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Rattled Virat Kohli gets angry after being asked about his celebration

Kohli had broken into a wild celebration at the fall of Williamson’s wicket, which was picked by Jasprit Bumrah
India's Virat Kohli talks with his teammates
India's Virat Kohli talks with his teammates
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Agencies   |   Christchurch   |   Published 02.03.20, 10:23 PM

India captain Virat Kohli on Monday got annoyed after being asked about his animated celebrations over Kane Williamson’s dismissal on Day 2 of the second Test before clarifying that match referee Ranjan Madugalle had no issues with what happened.

Kohli had broken into a wild celebration at the fall of Williamson’s wicket, which was picked by Jasprit Bumrah. As Williamson was walking off the field, Kohli had run towards the bowler from second slip, yelling out loudly while facing the departing batsman. But what he said wasn’t clearly audible on TV replays.

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When Williamson was asked about the incident, the New Zealand captain downplayed the incident, saying it was “typical of Virat, who plays the game with lot of passion”.

After India’s seven wicket loss here on Monday, which meant India had lost the two-match series 2-0, one of the local journalists sought Kohli’s reaction on him allegedly swearing at Williamson and that did not go down well with the away team captain.

The journalist asked Kohli about the animated send-off and wanted to know whether that gesture had set the right example.

Kohli responded with a question of his own: “What do you think?”

“I asked you the question,” the reporter shot back.

“I am asking you the answer,” Kohli said. “You need to find out exactly what happened and then come back with a better question. You can’t come here with half-questions and half-details of what happened. And also, if you want to create controversy, this is not the right place to do it. I have spoken to the match referee. He has no issues with what happened, so thank you.”

After his antics, Kohli had also gestured to the crowd to keep quiet. But Williamson had simply laughed off the incident, saying: “It is Virat and he is passionate on the field. I don’t think we need to read too much into it.”

Kohli and Williamson usually get along well on and off the field, and they’ve often spoken about the respect they have for each other. Last month, when Williamson was facing heat from the media over his captaincy during his team’s 0-5 T20I-series loss to India, Kohli had publicly backed his opposite number.

In Christchurch, Kohli was often an animated figure in the slips, involved in frequent chats with batsmen, particularly the opener Tom Blundell. He also had a bit of an exchange of words with a section of the spectators on the grass banks when they jeered at him. At one point on Day 2, he responded to a jibe by miming that they had had too much to drink.



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