India’s Mohammed Siraj explains Virat Kohli’s motivation for clashing with Ben Stokes.
On the first day of the last Test between India and England, Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes had a heated argument.
On the first day of the last Test in Ahmedabad, India captain Virat Kohli and England all-rounder Ben Stokes clashed, and Mohammed Siraj has explained why. With England laboring at 32-3 after 13 overs, Kohli and Stokes got into an intense argument that umpire Nitin Menon had to break up.
The conversation continued, and the two approached each other once more, with the other on-field umpire, Virender Sharma, interfering this time.
The nature of the problem was unclear at the time, but Siraj has finally clarified the matter.
The 13th over was bowled by the fast bowler, and the final ball was a bouncer.
And, according to Siraj, Stokes reacted angrily, prompting Kohli to intervene.
“[Stokes] was swearing at me, so Virat bhai interfered and handled that well,” Siraj said after the game. These things take place on the ground.”
When asked about the brawl, Stokes stated it was simply a show of rivalry between the two sides.
“Look at it from a different perspective, you know, two-three players who care about what they’re doing, care about representing and have played against each other, why wouldn’t they be competitive?” Stokes said.
“As a result, we’re not going to give in to anyone…
That was it for me, competitive guys trying to outdo one other.”
Former England spinner Graeme Swann, who was commentating at the time, mistook the event for a pleasant exchange.
Swann described the situation as “a little conflab in the middle” between Ben Stokes and Virat Kohli.
“I’m not sure what it’s about, but it appears to be extremely welcoming.
“Perhaps the umpire’s intervention isn’t quite so friendly. “Nothing below the belt, lads, we want a clean fight.”
England struggled with the bat once again, being knocked out for 205.
India lost Shubman Gill without scoring and finished the day with a score of 24-1.
Siraj took two wickets and stated he followed the same strategy as he had throughout his brief Test career.
He explained, “We planned to bowl slowly and keep bowling at the same position.”
“Virat bhai informed me that we only have two fast bowlers, so we will continue to rotate and remain well-rested.
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