The 2016 India vs England series has spiced up with battles among players on the field. The altercation between Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes has also dominated headlines. On the other hand, R Ashwin’s battle with Alastair Cook is a treat to watch. Kohli-Stokes rivalry is already being compared with the Andrew Flintoff-Sourav Ganguly row of last decade. Although Kohli has evolved over the years, his tryst with spats seems to continue in cricket. Cricwizz takes a look at five spats Virat Kohli was involved in.
Gambhir-Kohli row in 2013 IPL: The IPL 6 clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore took an ugly turn when their skippers Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli had an ugly altercation following the latter’s dismissal. After Kohli was dismissed, he apparently made a remark instead of walking back to the pavilion. Gambhir did not take it kindly and had a heated argument with his Delhi teammate Kohli. Another Dehli and KKR player Rajat Bhatia intervened to calm things down and separated the two. Both the skippers were warned and reprimanded for breaching the IPL code of conduct.
Stokes-Kohli spat in Nottingham ODI in 2014: In the Nottingham ODI of 2014, Kohli had a verbal spat with Stokes when he was dismissed for 40 by the Englishman. Kohli stopped midway after he seemed to have heard something from the pacer. Kohli did not take it lying down and retorted by raising his bat at Stokes. The umpires had to call the English skipper Alastair Cook and Stokes to keep the bring the tempers down before the match could resume.
Kohli abuse’s journalist in 2015: The year 2015 began with controversy during the World Cup. After a training session during the World Cup, Virat Kohli was caught abusing a journalist, taking him for the scribe who wrote an article about Kohli’s girlfriend, Anushka Sharma. Kohli later apologised through some other journalists after being told he had mistaken that scribe for someone else. Team Director Ravi Shastri also reprimanded Kohli, saying it was unbecoming of a future India captain to behave in this manner publicly.
Kohli’s send-off to Ben Stokes in 2016 Mohali Test: During the Mohali Test, Ben Stokes started the altercation when he apparently had an exchange with the Indian skipper after the England all-rounder was stumped by keeper Parthiv Patel off Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling in England first innings. Stokes was reprimanded for his reaction by the ICC. When Kohli was dismissed by Stokes in India’s first innings, the England all-rounder celebrated the wicket by putting his hands in his mouth. Kohli reciprocated it by putting a finger in his mouth when Stokes was dismissed by R Ashwin in the second innings. The spat has spiced up the India vs England series.
Kohli showing middle-finger to Australian crowd in 2012: India were having a horrible series, and the sledging and the crowd heckling were too much to handle. It had got onto Virat Kohli who promptly showed the middle-finger. And he let not the fight end there. He gave a perfect reply by cracking 116 at Adelaide, shutting the Australians up. Although India lost the series 0-4, Kohli’s ton was the only saving grace. Kohli, in the next series Down Under, proved who the boss was by cracking four tons in 2014-15 series.
Originally published at cricwizz.com