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Indian Fans Unhappy With ECB’s Emoji Tweet On Virat Kohli
By CricShots - Jul 6, 2022 5:55 pm
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In today’s day and age, an emoji can express a lot of things that thousands of words would otherwise perhaps have failed to do it. For example, England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) recent tweet on former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli and Jonny Bairstow, used nothing but an emoji in the caption to describe a couple of pictures – one was Kohli directing Bairstow to shush with the globally accepted finger on lips gesture.

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Jonny Bairstow and Virat Kohli

In the other picture, Virat Kohli can be seen hugging the England batter after the hosts had beaten India by 7 wickets in the fifth Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

If there was anything that could have described the sledging episode of Virat Kohli with Jonny Bairstow on Day 3 it has to be the zip-on-mouth face ECB used as their caption. But were they just trying to describe the events or trying to take a sly dig at the former skipper?

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Jonny Bairstow, after all, had had the last laugh with centuries in both the innings and England had drawn level in the five-match series after being played for the large part of the first three days of the final rescheduled Test. Judging by the comment section of the ECB tweet, the majority of the Indian fans seem to be unhappy with the certainly thought it was the latter.

Virat Kohli and Jonny Bairstow were involved in an altercation a couple of times during the Test – the first one towards the end of Day 2 when India was in complete control and Kohli reminded Bairstow of Indian bowlers’ pace in his own way. The second time, on Day 4, was much more intense as it also draw a much-animated reaction from the England right-hander.

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On both occasions, it appeared that it was Kohli who fired the first shot. Bairstow answered with the bat – so would suggest the scorecard and England fans. He smashed 106 in the first innings and then backed that up with an unbeaten 114 as England knocked off India’s 378-run target to achieve their highest-ever run chase with relative ease.