Frustrated India captain Virat Kohli criticised his team and sparred with a journalist as New Zealand won the second Test inside three days to sweep the series on Monday.
Home skipper Kane Williamson celebrated “an outstanding performance” as New Zealand, who won the first Test by 10 wickets, claimed the second by seven wickets to wrap it up 2-0.
However, Williamson was treated to a fiery send-off from Kohli when he was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah during New Zealand’s first innings in Christchurch.
As Williamson walked off the field, Kohli ran towards the bowler from second slip, yelling out loudly while facing the departing batsman. But what he said wasn’t clearly audible on TV replays.
Here’s the video:
During his post-match press conference, a member of the local media asked Kohli about the send-off, and whether that gesture had set the right example.
To which Virat responded; “What do you think?”
The reporter than ask “I ask you the question.”
Virat then however, came only with this; “I am asking you the answer. You need to find out exactly what happened and then come back with a better question. You can’t come here with half-questions and half-details of what happened. And also, if you want to create controversy, this is not the right place to do [it]. I have spoken to the match referee, I have no issues with what happened, so thank you.”
Kohli had managed only 38 runs accross four innings, was his lowest aggregate score in a Test series. In terms of batting average however, it was his second worst at 9.50. Before the Test series, Virat had a different views on Kane Williamson.
He said “He (Kane) is just a really nice guy, and we got along well, we’ve known each other for a while.” It was when India whitewashed New Zealand 5-0 in the T20 international series.
When India bowled in Christchurch, Kohli was seed doing mockery. He directed towards the dru*k crowd. He also gestures the hand-signal equivalent of drink*ng to the crowd and proceeds to pretending being dizzy. And then later to one of the crowds, he said “shut the f*** up” to the crowd before taking a catch off Mohammad Shami, who dismissed Henry Nicholes. This led many criticized his behaviour.