While eyebrows have been raising after Team India’s lacklustre display with the bat after the Test series against New Zealand concluded today, one particular incident from Virat Kohli in the first innings is making the headlines. The Indian skipper, was accused for sledging at Kane Williamson after he was dismissed, and Kohli also went onto a verbal clash with an interviewer following today’s match in Christchurch match. But what is the response from the Kiwi captain? He’s not worried even a bit.
On Sunday, India failed to press down the amazing New Zealand batting order. However, Kane Williamson’s wicket in the 28th over of the first innings was some consolation for the defending side. The skipper, on just 3 runs, marched back to the pavilion against Jasprit Bumrah’s delivery, which ended up in the gloves of the Indian wicket keeper Rishabh Pant.
Following Williamson’s dismissal, Kohli was ready to give a fiery send off to his opposition leader, which has ended up with a lot of controversy, with several claims that the Indian captain threw swear words at Williamson. However, the winning captain himself is pretty chill about the whole event, as he spoke in the post match interview.
Acknowledging Kohli’s renowned ardent etiquette on the pitch, Williamson told PTI: “It is Virat and he is passionate on the field.”
Shutting down all the heated debates and accusations flying around, the 29 year old added: “I don’t think we need to read too much into it.”
Although India’s batting order failed to perform against a superb Kiwi bowling squad, the visitors’ bowlers put up a comparatively better performance across the Test matches.
Ishant Sharma, who missed the second Test due to a relapse of an injury, picked up his 11th 5 wicket haul in the first Test. Mohammed Shami also impressed with securing four wickets in the first innings, while Jasprit Bumrah is out of his wicket drought, and added up a total of five dismissals in the second Test.
Speaking about the series, Williamson nodded that the series was more competitive than the scorecard makes it appear.
He continued: “I don’t think the end result shows how tight that match was. We saw how many times the ball beat the bat. A fantastic series from outside and the way the guys stuck in.
Complimenting the ICC’s no. 1 Test side, Williamson concluded: “India are a world-class side and to beat them is quite satisfying,”