India captain Virat Kohli, on Sunday, took off an absolute blinder to dismiss Marnus Labuschagne in the third and final ODI against Australia in Bengaluru. After making two brilliant stops to keep the right-handed batsman on strike, Virat Kohli took a low diving catch to send him back in the 32nd over. Before his departure, Marnus Labuschagne scored his maiden ODI fifty and shared a 127-run stand with Steve Smith.
As Virat Kohli took the catch, he came up with an interesting reaction. The India star put his finger on his lips as if he was asking someone to shut up. At first, it looked absurd but just like his famous notebook celebration last month, there was definitely an underlying reason behind his latest celebration too. Virat Kohli’s reaction was most probably for Labuschagne who was involved in a verbal battle with the India skipper early in the match.
Labuschagne was only on two in the tenth over when he survived a close lbw call. India had reviewed the decision but the umpire’s initial not-out decision remained intact because of the height of the ball. However, Virat Kohli was not impressed with the turn of events and did not shy away from expressing his frustration.
Not only that, Virat Kohli was also seen saying something to Labuschagne after seeing the replay on the giant screen. Labuschagne had then turned back and said something to Kohli before walking inside his crease. And thus when Kohli took the catch to send back Labuschagne, he made sure to tel the youngster to keep quiet.
Here are a couple of clips of that incident:
India, meanwhile, went on to win the third game by seven wickets and sealed the series 2-1. Batting first, Australia rode on Steve Smith’s century to finish their innings on 286 for 9. In reply, India chased down the total inside 48 overs with Rohit Sharma (119) and Virat Kohli (89) impressing with the bat.