India put on a dominating performance on Day 5 of the Oval Test and beat England by a thumping margin of 157 runs. Virat Kohli never shies away from giving back to the opposition and crowds and India skipper was at it yet again against a boisterous Oval crowd, which predominately had English supporters. As the visitors were inching closer towards a victory, Kohli got into the act by using a 10-finger trumpet job and pointed it towards The Barmy Army.
This animated gesture from Kohli has not gone too well especially, with few English supporters. Some of them said, ‘How dare he’. England’s Daily Mail cricket journalist Lawrence Booth took to Twitter and sarcastically took a dig at the Indian skipper. “Love this. His teammates are celebrating a wicket, but Kohli finds the time to taunt the England fans. Doesn’t miss a trick!”
Booth’s Tweet created a mini confusion among the fans, which subsequently led to him clearing the confusion by stating that he is not happy with this pumped-up gesture by Kohli and is rather surprised that he is not content with just winning a game.
“To clear up any confusion, I don’t really love this,” he tweeted. “I find it weird when a top-class sportsman isn’t content with winning a game, having totally outplayed the opposition, but wants to stick it to the fans too.”
Former England opener Nick Compton too was left unimpressed by Kohli’s actions and said, “It doesn’t look good for him! No need.”
Speaking about the match, Indian bowlers were splendidly led by Jasprit Bumrah and the ever so improving Shardul Thakur. The duo’s relentless pressure, coupled with good support from Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav derailed England’s run-chase.
With a 2-1 series lead India will play the fifth and final Test match at Manchester starting on Friday, (10 September).