The India vs West Indies T20I series is tied at 1-1 after the first two games, and it has been the same case for the personal battle between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Windies pacer Kesrick Williams.
Kohli won the battle against Williams in the first T20I – where he scored an unbeaten 94 off 50 balls but was dismissed by the speedster in the second game for just 19 runs.
The Windies coach Phil Simmons is now expecting a thrilling end to the personal duel between the two in what is the series finale at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium.
“The banter has been good; it has been interesting because they are 1-1 now because he [Virat] got Kesrick in the first match, and Kesrick got him in the second. Let’s see who wins it tomorrow [Wednesday],” Simmons said on the eve of the series decider.
Round 1: Kohli 📝
Round 2: Williams 🤫
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Kohli’s animated gesture became one of the most significant talking points during India’s win in the 1st T20I. Speaking about his banter with Williams, who is well-known for his notebook celebration in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Kohli said he wanted to give the West Indies pacer a taste of his own medicine.
#KingKohli ticking the right boxes:
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“It’s not from the CPL; it happened to me in Jamaica (in 2017) when he got me out. So I thought I’ll tick a few in the notebook as well, but all good,” Kohli said during the post-match presentation ceremony of the first T20I.
“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. That’s what cricket is all about. Play it hard but have respect for opponents.
Interestingly, it was Williams who got the big wicket of captain Kohli in the 2nd T20I, which the Men in Maroon went on to win by eight wickets.
Notably, Kesrick came up with a ‘silent celebration’, seemingly mimicking Kohli as he put his index finger on his lips after getting the India captain dismissed.
WILLIAMS GETS HIS MAN! 🤫#KingKohli departs for 19.
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