NEW DELHI: India skipper Virat Kohli, who guided the Men in Blue to their highest-ever T20I chase in the first match against the West Indies gets praise from none other than Amitabh Bachchan after the batting maestro’s magical knock that saw India trounce West Indies.
Bollywood superstar took to Twitter to recreate his famous dialogue from the blockbuster ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ with a photo of Kohli’s “notebook” celebration as he mimicked West Indies bowler Kesrick Williams after hitting him for a six.
“Man how many times have I told you, do not tease Virat. But, you don’t listen to me. Now he wrote a slip and gave it in their hand !!!! See ... look at West Indies’ face; he killed it, he killed it !! (with due respects to Anthony Bhai),” Amitabh Bachchan posted in Hindi.
Amitabh’s tweet got 7.8K retweets and 77.4K likes. Indian Skipper Virat Kohli reacted to Bachchan’s tweet on the following afternoon and wrote, “Haha.. love the dialogue Sir. You’re always an inspiration.”
India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday thanked Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan for congratulating him after his stunning knock against the West Indies in the first T20I of the series.
India rode on Kohli’s career-best score of unbeaten 94 to overhaul the 208-run target with eight balls to spare.
Kohli replied on a tweet on Saturday and thanked the veteran actor saying: “Haha love the dialogue Sir. You’re always an inspiration.”
Responding to the Bachchan’s post, the fans all across the world was in awe of the talismanic run-scorer. They couldn’t stop but praise Indian Skipper for his master class.
A user on micro-blogging site commented, “This is seriously one of the most hilarious tweets one will ever come across. Lovely from Amit Sir.”
A post read, “Aaj maza aa gya sir.. Kohli bhai ne toh aaj kya class lagai hai.. Khoob raseed kaata hai unhone.. Come Onnnnnn!! Kya roar kia unhone.”
A user commented on post with a recreation of Amitabh’s dialogue, “Naam tu suna hi hoga haiiiii!!!! Virat kohli.”
On Friday night, Kohli thoroughly entertained the crowd at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium as he bettered his personal best and played an unbeaten knock to help India chase down the target with ease.
During the course of his 50-ball inning, the 31-year-old displayed an array of emotions. He was seen getting into duels, complaining to the umpire, cursing himself and imitating opponent bowlers after smashing them for sixes.
During the match, the Indian Skipper was seen mimicking West Indies’ bowler Kesrick Williams’s trademark celebration style. In the 15.3 over of India’s innings, Kohli was seen mocking Kesrick Williams. The first ball of the over was dispatched for a boundary. The next ball was then flicked for a six on the leg side and after that Kohli imitated and mocked Kesrick William’s with a notebook celebration.
After the match concluded, Indian Skipper revealed that Williams had brought out the notebook celebration in 2017, so he remembered that, and used it when it was appropriate.
“No, it is not the CPL. It happened to me in Jamaica when he got me out so I thought I would tick a few in the notebook as well but all good, smiles out there, in the end, that’s what you want to see, good competitive cricket but at the end of the day we shake hands, that’s what cricket is all about, play hard but at the end, have respect for your opponents,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match ceremony.
However, what mattered for the hosts was that the premier batsman stayed at the crease until the end and made sure they chased down the target to take a 1-0 lead in the series. (IANS)