Dean Elgar Recalls Confrontation With Virat Kohli: “He Spat at Me”
By CricShots - Jan 29, 2024 4:03 pm
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Dean Elgar, the former South African batter who recently retired from Test cricket, shared a surprising incident involving Virat Kohli during his first tour to India in 2015. Elgar, appearing on the Banter with The Boys podcast, disclosed that Kohli spat at him during a tough encounter on the field.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli had a banter with Dean Elgar

Reflecting on the challenging wickets and facing spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, Elgar revealed Kohli’s unusual behavior. The South African left-hander claimed that Kohli spat at him, which prompted a strong response from Elgar. In the heat of the moment, Elgar threatened to retaliate by using his bat against the Indian captain.

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Elgar recounted the incident, saying, “My first Kohli encounter in India… Those wickets were jokes, like playing on that surface there (points to the ground). I came into bat and, I was actually holding my own against Ashwin and what’s his name, Jeja, Jeja, Jeja (Ravindra Jadeja) and Kohli spat at me. I said to him if you do that, I’ll **** you with this bat.”

When the host asked if Virat Kohli understood the South African slang, Dean Elgar mentioned that AB de Villiers, who played alongside Kohli for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), had informed him about it. According to Elgar, Kohli responded with some choice words, and the verbal exchange continued.

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Despite the intense moment, Elgar acknowledged the need for caution while playing in India, given the passionate cricket culture. The incident, although heated, adds a unique chapter to the encounters between the two teams and showcases the competitive spirit often seen on the cricket field.

Dean Elgar’s retirement from Test cricket marks the end of an era for the South African batter, and this revelation adds an interesting behind-the-scenes perspective to his experiences on the international stage.