Indian batter Virat Kohli was caught on camera jokingly pretending to hit Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews with the bat during the 33rd match of the ongoing ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023. The incident took place in the 10th over of India’s innings, with Kohli and Shubman Gill at the crease. Kohli had just completed a run at the non-striker’s end when he turned to face Mathews and mimicked the action of swinging his bat towards him.
Mathews, who was fielding at mid-off, smiled and shook his head in response. The two players have a long history of rivalry on the field, but it was clear that this was just a light-hearted moment between them. The incident was caught on camera and quickly went viral on social media, with many fans praising Kohli’s sense of humor.
Some fans even joked that Kohli was trying to get into Mathews’ head, while others said that it was just a sign of the healthy rivalry between the two players. Whatever the reason for Kohli’s gesture, it was clear that he was enjoying himself on the field. He went on to score a brilliant century, helping India to victory over Sri Lanka.
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— mon (@4sacinom) November 2, 2023
Kohli’s gesture towards Mathews was a reminder of his competitive spirit. Even though it was just a light-hearted moment, it showed that Kohli is always looking for an edge over his opponents.
The incident also highlighted the close relationship between Kohli and Mathews. Despite being rivals on the field, they have a lot of respect for each other. This was evident in Mathews’ reaction to Kohli’s gesture. He simply smiled and shook his head, indicating that he took it in good spirits.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma (capt), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wkt), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (capt/wkt), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Angelo Mathews, Dushan Hemantha, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilshan Madushanka