Kohli and Williams have a storied rivalry, which started three years ago during a T20I in Florida when the fast bowler dismissed the Indian superstar and proceeded it to celebrate it with his typical ‘notebook’ celebration.
Williams may have forgotten that but two years later, during a T20I in Hyderabad, Virat Kohli reminded the fast bowler the same when he mimicked his famed ‘notebook’ celebration after having smoked him all over the park.
Reminiscing the moment, Kesrick Williams said that the next time he and Kohli lock horns on a cricket field, they both will be equally pumped.
“Is Kohli watching it? (the interview) I really don’t plan these things (laughs). I go off energy and I go off the mood. According to the mood, it brings out the celebration. I don’t really plan the celebration. People think that I sit in my room and I plan celebrations. I don’t. I like comedy movies. I watch a lot of those. So, it comes naturally to do something when I get a wicket and it ends up to be so much fun. That’s how I am. I love to enjoy my cricket,” Kesrick Williams told TOI.
“On the day, if I get a wicket, it just happens naturally. So, I do not know what I will do next when I ever dismiss Kohli next. One thing I will do next for sure is next time if I will play Kohli, it will be a battle. As soon as he sees me, he is going to be pumped (up). I am going to be pumped (up) as well. Let’s see how it goes next time when we meet,” he added.
‘My job is to restrict a batsman’- Kesrick Williams
Kesrick Williams has represented the West Indies in 25 T20Is and 8 ODIs thus far and has picked the prize scalp of Virat Kohli twice besides dismissing the likes of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni once.
Williams said that with limited-overs cricket being such batsmen dominated game, the key to his success has been the fact that he always to think one step ahead of the batter and preempt what their next stroke will be
“As you know T20 is a batter’s game. My job is to restrict a batsman. Most of the time, I bowl the middle overs or death overs. So, I have one job and my goal is to restrict a batsman from scoring. In the game against Kohli, I realise he really took me out. I was like yo…this is never gonna happen again. What I try to do is that I try to be aware of the situation. I try to think ahead of the batters and what would be their next shot. I study them a lot,” he said.