The mind games among the Indian and English fans ahead of the five-match Test series between the two teams have begun. England’s Barmy Army have taken digs at Virat Kohli and his men on the eve of the opening Test match in Nottingham and the Indian fans have given it back to them equally well. Interestingly, Nottingham is the venue where India won the Test in 2018 when suffered a 1-4 loss in the series.
However, the look of the pitch 48 hours before the match was quite greenish, and clearly, the grass isn’t expected to be cut much before the toss. The red cherry is likely to swing much more and the Barmy Army trolled Team India over the same. The official Twitter account of England’s barmy army posted one of the pictures of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishant Sharma, and a few others giving a serious look and termed it as, “Worried in Nottingham.”
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) August 3, 2021
Virat Kohli had a phenomenal outing during the English tour in 2018. He had scored 97 and 103 in two innings of the third Test which was played in Nottingham. On the back of his knocks, India registered scores of 329 and 352//7d and defeated England by a huge margin of 203 runs.
Responding to the Barmy Army troll, the fans were quick to remind them about Virat Kohli’s performance at Trent Bridge in 2018. Hardik Pandya had also picked a five-wicket haul with the ball in the first innings playing a crucial role in the England team getting bundled out at 161 runs.
Meanwhile, the Indian team is grappled with injuries ahead of the 1st Test. Mayank Agarwal was ruled out of the game after suffering a concussion on Monday and it remains to be seen if Abhimanyu Easwaran opens the innings with Rohit Sharma or KL Rahul gets a chance to prove himself as an opener once again.
On the other hand, there was a battle of words between England and India fans over the Barmy Army’s potshots at Virat Kohli and clearly, the latter group wasn’t going to tone down after the earlier troll.
Here are some of the reactions:
Last time Kohli at Nottingham : pic.twitter.com/sx2aAgCdx6
— Umakant (@Umakant_27) August 3, 2021
— Zulqar Nain| (@ZCskian) August 3, 2021
This won't age well, save this 👍
— Prithvi (@Puneite_) August 3, 2021
Hey yo English people, when you loose the series, please dont give excuses of not having:
— Just Cricketism (@JustCricketism) August 3, 2021
When you know Captaincy is in Danger: pic.twitter.com/R17uW5BkFs
— Sai Krishna💫 (@SaiKingkohli) August 3, 2021
Well they look anything but worried! In fact they look quite cool and relaxed to be honest!
— Cricketologist (@AMP86793444) August 3, 2021
— ä 👑 (@buzztwts) August 3, 2021
yes yes YESSSSSS…pls pls chant it when Kohli comes into bat pls 🙏🏼🙏🏼 https://t.co/O0Ehl41n5s
— Kushagr Tiwari (@TiwariKushagr4) August 3, 2021