It’s no longer India Vs West Indies, for Virat Kohli and Kesrick Williams’ on-field “rivalry” has been a sight to behold for cricket fans in the on-going saga between the two in the underway T20I series in India.
On Friday, Indian skipper Kohli looked every bit in his element and propelled India to victory in a stunning run chase with an unbeaten knock of 94 that included six maximums.
But perhaps the most memorable shot of the day came when he sent Windies bowler Kesrick Williams out of the park in the 16th over.
Impressed by his own shot, a dramatic Kohli mimicked Williams’ signature celebration when he took out his “notebook” and ticked off Williams from his list. This, of course, was in response to Williams celebrating Kohli’s wicket in a one-off T20I match back in 2017.
Come second T20I on Sunday, bowling first, Williams returned the favour by halting Kohli from shifting gears, when the latter cut one of the deliveries to backward point. Kohli was undone for 19.
Not carrying his “notebook” to Thiruvananthapuram’s Greenfield International Stadium this time around, Williams had a rather subdued celebration – one that reminded the fans of Kohli’s famous “silent treatment” from the past. Many others felt Williams’ “shhhing” gesture was simply out of respect for the run machine.
Nonetheless, with a finger on his lips, Williams not only “silenced” Kohli but a packed stadium went really quiet as the dangerous batsman walked back to the dugout.
Of course, the watchers, even those from India, appreciated the light-hearted banter and continuing drama between Kohli and Williams.