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Saturday, 15 December 2018

The reason behind Kohli's cryptic celebration


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Indian captain Virat Kohli’s eyebrow-raising celebration after scoring his first century of the Test series could be aimed at legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.

Kohli brought up his sparkling hundred with a punch down the ground off the bowling of Mitchell Starc and immediately took his helmet off and pointed to his bat, before making a talking motion with his hand.

While it was unclear who the motion was made towards, Fox Cricket commentator Kerry O’Keefe suggested that it may have been a message to Kohli’s countryman Gavaskar, after the Indian legend criticised Kohli’s captaincy yesterday.

“I’m going for Sunny, because I think he’s super sensitive to any sort of criticism,” O’Keefe said.

“It was about his leadership, not about his batting.

“He somehow found a way to say, ‘let’s direct it back to my batting. Sunny, this does the chit-chat. This does the captaining’.”

The response came after Gavaskar took issue with Kohli’s decision to open the bowling with Ishant Sharma to start day two ahead of danger-man Jasprit Bumrah.

“Astonished, baffled not just surprised,” Gavaskar told Sony Sports.

“Baffled because the bowl he bowled to Paine with the second new ball towards the end of yesterday’s play – pitching on a length, beating Paine and going over (the) wicketkeeper Pant’s head.

“When someone is bowling that way, why would you not give him the ball straight away at the start of the day’s play?”

Indian captain Virat Kohli’s eyebrow-raising celebration after scoring his first century of the Test series could be aimed at legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.

Kohli brought up his sparkling hundred with a punch down the ground off the bowling of Mitchell Starc and immediately took his helmet off and pointed to his bat, before making a talking motion with his hand.

While it was unclear who the motion was made towards, Fox Cricket commentator Kerry O’Keefe suggested that it may have been a message to Kohli’s countryman Gavaskar, after the Indian legend criticised Kohli’s captaincy yesterday.

“I’m going for Sunny, because I think he’s super sensitive to any sort of criticism,” O’Keefe said.

“It was about his leadership, not about his batting.

“He somehow found a way to say, ‘let’s direct it back to my batting. Sunny, this does the chit-chat. This does the captaining’.”

The response came after Gavaskar took issue with Kohli’s decision to open the bowling with Ishant Sharma to start day two ahead of danger-man Jasprit Bumrah.

“Astonished, baffled not just surprised,” Gavaskar told Sony Sports.

“Baffled because the bowl he bowled to Paine with the second new ball towards the end of yesterday’s play – pitching on a length, beating Paine and going over (the) wicketkeeper Pant’s head.

“When someone is bowling that way, why would you not give him the ball straight away at the start of the day’s play?”

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