The spectators at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad witnessed some masterclass from Indian skipper Virat Kohli of Friday. The 31-year-old took on the West Indies bowlers and knocked an unbeaten 94 runs of just 50 deliveries.
The Indian fans watching Virat Kohli’s brilliant performance were on cloud nine as the men in blue chased down the target (208) to record their highest chase in T20Is.
The onlookers were roaring and jumping off from their seats as they got to witness out of this world innings of chase master Virat Kohli.
The spat between Kesrick Williams and Virat Kohli heated the atmosphere. The consequence, however, was in the balance as no one would have assumed the way Virat Kohli responded. He emulated Williams notebook celebration.
Indian fans took to social media to express their feelings and some even stated that Virat Kohli’s celebration was inspired by Chadwick Walton’s celebration in the Caribbean Premier League.
However, the Indian skipper elucidated the reason behind his showmanship against the Caribbean side in the post-match presentation.
Virat Kohli while talking to Sanjay Manjrekar revealed that he did the note book celebration not because he had seen it in the CPL but because Williams had given him a send off during the T20I in 2017.
“It’s not the CPL (about Williams’s celebration), it happened to me in Jamaica when he got me out. So I thought I’ll tick a few in the notebook as well, but all good. There were a few words, but smiles at the end. That’s what you want to see. Good competitive cricket but in the end shake hands and give a high-five. That’s what cricket is all about. Play it hard but have respect for opponents,” said Kohli.