‘Fair play Virat’ – Barmy Army responds to Virat Kohli’s trumpet celebration during The Oval Test
Virat Kohli's trumpet gesture during The Oval Test has created a debate among fans and experts.
Updated - Sep 9, 2021 10:47 am
India skipper Virat Kohli’s trumpet gesture to the crowds at The Oval in the fourth Test against England has divided the world. While some have labelled his actions as ‘classless’, few experts like Michael Vaughan and Shane Warne have appreciated it saying that there is absolutely no harm in being sportive and dubbed Kohli as an absolute entertainer of the game.
This incident occurred when middle-order batter Ollie Pope was dismissed. Sensing an opportunity, Kohli gestured to the boisterous Barmy Army crowd and pointed 10 fingers at them. While experts, fans, and critics have been debating whether what Kohli did was right, the Barmy Army have finally responded to Kohli.
They took to their official Twitter account and tweet, “We can give it so we can take it so fair play Virat Rolling on the floor laughing. See you in Manchester @imVkohli.”
We can give it so we can take it so fair play Virat 🤣
See you in Manchester @imVkohli 👋
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) September 7, 2021
Well, renowned journalist Lawrence Booth and former England opener Nick Compton found Kohli’s gesture not appropriate and said that it was not needed when his side was marching along nicely for the victory. Speaking about The Oval Test, India showed a great amount of character and fight back to beat the home team by a thumping margin of 157 runs.
This splendid victory also enabled India to take a 2-1 series lead with a game to be played on Friday (10 September) in Manchester.
India eye a series victory in the fifth Test
After a bitter loss in the Leeds Test, India have shown class in the fourth Test to wrestle the initiative from England. The fortunes have swung to and fro so far in the four Tests and the fifth and final Test match also promises to be a fascinating match at Old Trafford in Manchester.
The visitors will be hoping to carry forward the momentum and try to be as ruthless as they can to ensure a 3-1 series win and retain the Pataudi Trophy. Speaking of the team combinations, Kohli would like to stick with the winning formula. But history suggests the pitch in Manchester favors spin more. In all the previous Tests, Kohli has deployed by playing one spinner only.