Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)

Virat Kohli mocking Kesrick Williams during the first T20I between India and West Indies on Friday is arguably the best moment of this year. The incident took place in the 16th over of the match with India needing 53 runs from the final five overs. Kohli welcomed Williams into the attack by hitting him for a four and a six.

And as soon as Kohli hit the six, he took out Williams’ trademark notebook celebration to give the pacer a taste of his own medicine. Williams has a special celebration after he takes wickets. He gives the batsmen a proper sending off by making it look as if he is noting down their name in an imaginary notebook after dismissing them.

The spectators and others thoroughly enjoyed the turn of events in Hyderabad as Kohli showed his animated side once again. Unsurprisingly, Kohli’s exploit on the field set the social media abuzz too. Fans, cricketers as well as others took to social media platform to react to Kohli’s notebook celebration. And veteran Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan could not stop himself from reacting to it either.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Credits: BCCI)

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An avid cricket fan, Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to hail Kohli in his own way. Taking inspiration from his movie Amar, Akbar, Anthony, Amitabh Bachchan once again told the bowlers not to tease Kohli as he tweeted:

“यार कितनी बार बोला मई तेरे को .. की Virat को मत छेड़ , मत छेड़ , मत छेड़ …पन सुनताइच किधर है तुम … अभी पर्ची लिख के दे दिया ना हाथ में !!!!??? देख देख .. WI का चेहरा देख ; कितना मारा उसको , कितना मारा !! ( with due respects to Anthony bhai , of AAA )”


Virat Kohli, meanwhile, went on to play a career-best knock of 94 not out as India chased down 207 with ease to take the lead in the three-match series.

Virat Kohli reveals the reason:

When Virat Kohli pulled out the celebration out of the blue, it was believed that he had had copied Williams’ send-off to Chadwick Walton in the CPL. However, Kohli, while speaking at the end of the match, made it clear that it was more of a revenge. Kohli said that Williams had given him a send-off in 2017 after dismissing him during a T20I in Jamaica two years ago.

“It’s not the CPL (about Williams’ celebration), it happened to me in Jamaica when he got me out. So I thought I’ll tick a few in the notebook as well, but all good. There were a few words, but smiles at the end. That’s what you want to see. Good competitive cricket but in the end shake hands and give a high-five. That’s what cricket is all about. Play it hard but have respect for opponents,” Kohli said.