Former England batsman Nick Compton has revealed an interesting episode of sledging he had with Virat Kohli over his love life. The sledging took place during England’s famous tour of India in 2012. England stunned India by 2-1 to register their first series win in the country since 1984/85.
Nick Compton made his international debut in that series and performed well. The former international scored 208 runs in 4 Tests to help England win a memorable series. Recalling that famous series, Nick Compton revealed he and his teammates used to wind up Virat Kohli by talking to him about his love life.
Nick Compton revealed he bumped into the India superstar’s ex-girlfriend during an outing and the current India skipper was not happy that the England batsman was talking to her. Virat Kohli did not shy away from sledging Nick Compton but the latter and his teammates used the opportunity to get under the India batsman’s skin.
“I definitely got a few words from Virat Kohli during the series. I think I bumped into his ex-girlfriend at the time before the series when out for an evening with Kevin Pietersen and myself, Yuvraj Singh … all of us were there, and she was there,” said Nick Compton while speaking on the Edges and Sledges Cricket Podcast.
“I just chatted to her and the word got back that I was speaking to her, and I don’t think Virat Kohli was very happy with that. He had a few words to say to me every time I walked out to bat. He was trying to say that it was his girlfriend, and she was saying that it was her ex-boyfriend. It was like, “Who’s got the story right here,’ you know what I mean?,” added Nick Compton who does not leave a single chance to criticise Kohli since retiring from the game.
He further revealed that the England players tried to antagonise Kohli by talking about it when he was batting.
“It was quite funny at the time, and the players in our England camp caught hold of it. We used it as a way to keep winding him up and, you know, trying to get in his head.
“But he’s a world-class performer, and he came back and scored a good hundred in the last [game in Nagpur]. And obviously his career has gone on from strength to strength. But it was a funny joke that we had throughout the series, and something that I always smile about. But everything was in good faith,” he added.
Nick Compton joins us on the podcast! @thecompdog
-Cricketing journey and test debut
-England’s 2-1 test seres win in India (2012)
-Sledging & hanging out with Kohli’s (ex?) girlfriend ?
-Photography & life post cricket ? https://t.co/TzPThROaOL
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