England Cricket Team captain Eoin Morgan has finally opened up on the war of words that broke out between India captain Virat Kohli and England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler during the fifth T20I at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, the hosts won the game by 36 runs to win the five-match series 3-2 from behind.
During the match, England opener Jos Buttler and India captain Virat Kohli were seen involved in a verbal fight as the latter departed after a scintillating knock in the final T20I. Buttler had been dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 14th over, which changed the course of the match as England lost four wickets in a span of just 20 deliveries with India eventually snapping a comprehensive victory.
Virat Kohli is an animated character – Eoin Morgan
While Buttler walked back the hut, an animated Virat Kohli was seen saying something which ticked of the English cricketer, who turned back to return the favour. The duo had a verbal conflict and later Kohli was seen explaining his side to the on-field umpires. Reacting to the same, Eoin Morgan admitted that he was unaware of what exactly transpired between Kohli and Buttler. He called his opposite number from the Men in Blue, passionate and ‘animated’ character.
“I don’t know actually (what exactly happened). Obviously, Virat is very animated when he plays, a big character in the game, that’s just who he is; he rides the emotions of the game. Sometimes in tight games, people can have conflicts, that’s not uncommon. I think that was the instance,” said Eoin Morgan.
Speaking of the game, India had posted 224 runs after asked to bat first thanks to Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s 94-run stand for the first wicket which laid the platform. In reply, at one stage England looked on course with Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan adding 130-runs for the 2nd wicket but Indian bowlers bounced back well to take home the game.