Virat Kohli came out in Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s defence after the young pacer was given a hard time by the Indian crowd present at the Uptonsteel Cricket Ground for the ongoing tour game between India and Leicestershire. On Day 2, a fan was continuously asking Nagarkoti to click a picture with him, while the player was out in the middle as a substitute fielder. Kohli, however, was not happy with the behaviour of the fan, and was quick to confront him.
The video has since gone viral on social media.
Virat Teaching a lesson to a guy in crowd who was making fun of Kamlesh Nagarkoti who was standing near the Boundary line while fielding in the practise match
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“Kabse bula rha hoon, photo he nahi khicha raha. Mai meri job choddh ke yaha aaya hu. Kam se kam photo to khichwana chahie. Nagarkoti ko bula raha hoon (Translation: “I’ve been continuously asking for a photo. I came here after taking the day off from my office. So, I’ve been calling Nagarkoti to click a photo with me at least)” the fan can be heard as saying in hindi after Kohli confronted him.
“Match khelne aaya hai ya photo khichwane aaya hai (Translation: He is here to play the match, and not to click photos),” Kohli replied from the pavillion.
Team India, on Day 2, took an 82-run lead over Leicestershire heading into Day 3.
India had initially posted a total of 246 for eight declared, thanks largely to KS Bharat’s unbeaten knock of 70.
For Leicestershire, Roman Walker took a five-wicket haul while Will Davis also picked a couple.
In reply, Rishabh Pant starred with the bat for Leicestershire, smashing a brilliant 76. Walker (34) and Rishi Patel (34) also played handy knocks to take Leicestershire to a total of 244.
After taking a narrow lead of 2 runs, India were 80 for one, before stumps were called on Day 2.