Virender Sehwag faces fan ire for offensive comment on Virat Kohli

Legendary Virender Sehwag is facing the ire of fans on Twitter after he was seen making an offensive remark on India batter Virat Kohli on Day 3 of the fifth and final Test between England and India on Sunday. Virender Sehwag made the comment in his capacity as a commentator for the match broadcaster and the video went viral almost instantly on social media. Virender Sehwag mocked Virat Kohli’s dance celebrations after the fall of an England wicket in the first innings. The Indians had taken a healthy 132-run lead after bowling the home team out for 284 on Sunday, after putting up 416 on the board in their first innings.

Former India middle-order batter Mohammad Kaif was on-air alongside Virender Sehwag when both men noticed Virat Kohli dancing in celebration in replays.

Virender Sehwag who is known for his no-holds-barred approach even in commentary, then made the comment, which made Virat Kohli’s admirers upset who took to Twitter to vent their anger on the former India opener.

While a section of Virat Kohli supporters wanted Virender Sehwag banned from the commentary box, others questioned his wisdom altogether for uttering such words for a player who is a bonafide legend in Indian cricket.

Earlier, Virender Sehwag had trolled Virat Kohli for sledding Jonny Bairstow which fired up the England batter as he went on to score his third successive hundred in as many Tests during the weekend.

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England were staring down the barrel at the end of Day 2 as the Indian fast bowlers reduced the hosts to 84/5, including the big wicket of in-form Joe Root.

The Indians continued to pile on the pressure at the start of Day 3 but Virat Kohli’s heated exchange with Jonny Bairstow stirred the England wicketkeeper batter as he went on to complete his fifth century of the year off only 119 balls.

Virender Sehwag claimed on social media that before Virat Kohli’s war of words with Jonny Bairstow, the England batter was batting like Cheteshwar Pujara but the former India captain’s sledding ignited the spark in him, and he began dominating the bowlers as Rishabh Pant did on Day 1 , who smashed a whirlwind 146 off 111-balls.

“Jonny Bairstow’s Strike Rate before Kohli’s Sledging – 21. Post Sledging – 150. Pujara ki tarah khel rahe thhey, Kohli ne pant banwa diya bewajah sledge karke (He was playing like Pujara, Kohli turned him into Pant after sledding him),” Virender Sehwag tweeted.

Before Virat Kohli walked up to him, Jonny Bairstow had made just 13 off 61 deliveries.

But after Virat Kohli’s provocation, his next 87 runs came off just 57 balls.

The Englishman went into overdrive – while he was earlier mistiming his strokes, Virat Kohli’s words fired him up.

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Suddenly, Jonny Bairstow started gaining in confidence before unleashing his full repertoire of strokes – short-arm pulls, drives, lofted hits over the inner circle and the runs started to come at a rapid pace.

The England star who was the main hero of England’s 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand before this Test match looked menacing, especially after bringing up his fifty in the first session of play.

Notably, it took him 20 minutes to score his first run on Day 3. But an altercation with Virat Kohli was what he needed to get going.

Runs kept flowing from his bat in the second session as Jonny Bairstow coasted through to his third century in as many Tests before being sent back to the pavilion by Mohammed Shami for 106.

Virat Kohli was back in the thick of things because it was he who took Jonny Bairstow’s catch in the slips to provide India with the much-needed breakthrough. Virat Kohli was seen blowing kisses after the England batter’s departure.

Jonny Bairstow brought up his ton in 119 balls, which featured 14 fours and two huge sixes. It was the 32-year-old’s fifth hundred of the year.

Jonny Bairstow’s knock earned rich plaudits from ex-cricketers, including former England skipper Nasser Hussain who claimed that the wicketkeeper batter was in the “form of his life”.

“Jonny Bairstow is in the form of his life. He epitomises what McCullum and Stokes want, positive, but not reckless batting. There has been no reckless batting from Bairstow this summer, he has been brilliant,” Nasser Hussain stated.

On the other hand, speaking about his fight with Virat Kohli after the end of play on Day 3, Jonny Bairstow underplayed the whole episode and said that it was just healthy banter between the two cricketers.

“We’ve played against each other for a solid ten years now. It’s a bit of cric. We’re fiercely competitive on the field and that’s what it’s about. We’re playing Test cricket and we’re two competitors. It brings the best out of us. Whatever it takes, you want to get your team over the line and that’s part and parcel of the game,” Jonny Bairstow said.

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