Kohli was asked about his preparations for the England tour.
Apart from a reputation for his staggering batting exploits, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has also made his name known owing to his upfront nature. Whether on the field or off it, Kohli wears his heart on the sleeves and never hesitates to express himself. In one of such rather upfront answers during a virtual press meet ahead of the England-India series, the Indian skipper, perhaps unintentionally, ended up mocking a journalist with a hysterical one-word answer.
The journalist initiated the interaction by wishing Kohli well for the upcoming away assignment of England, before going on to mention his record on these shores of the world. Kohli was undoubtedly the top performer when India last toured England, as he ended up with a massive tally of 593 from 10 innings, including two centuries and three half-centuries.
“Kohli, you had a very good outing in the last England tour as a batsman. But the expectations rise whenever you tour somewhere. Everyone has their eyes fixed on you always. So, are you going to do something different for better performance in this series?”, the reporter questioned.
A stone-faced Kohli just stared back into the camera and responded with a cold “Nahi” (No). The moderator moved onto the next question, although the viewers and fans on social media were left in splits after such a response to a rather long question.
Virat Kohli’s not-so-ideal start
In the series-opener at Trent Bridge, the famed rivalry of Virat Kohli and James Anderson resumed but lasted only as long as a solitary ball as Anderson removed the Indian skipper for a golden duck. Anderson was Kohli’s nemesis during his horrid 2014 tour of England, where he was dismissed by him four times, while he could only amass 134 runs in 10 innings, with the highest score of 39.
In 2018, however, Kohli ironed the chinks in his armour, as he eschewed his instincts and showed admirable discipline in not flirting with the balls in the channel outside the off-stump. Reaping the rewards, he managed to leave everyone impressed, while he did not give his wicket to Anderson on the 2018 tour even once.
With still a potential nine chances to bat in the series, it is needless to say that the Indian skip would be raring to not repeat the mistakes of the past and get back into the territory that he is often considered the owner of – scoring runs.
Meanwhile, here’s how Twitter reacted:
Reporter be like: pic.twitter.com/iXkbBElyjk
— 🚜 (@Mrghani_) August 5, 2021
Reminded me of this😭 pic.twitter.com/X2yDWPJgTv
— RS ABD17 (@RS1744) August 5, 2021
Memers to Virat bhai 😂 pic.twitter.com/fuPQ4685dL
— Timeinfinity00 (@Timeinfinity001) August 5, 2021
After that ‘Nahi’
My mind : pic.twitter.com/OAjsIMCQu4
— Ken Billiamson (@KenBilliamson) August 5, 2021
Bhai khaan se aate hai ye reporters
— Alien (@dark_Nebula1) August 5, 2021
The way he said that, deadpan. 😂😂😂
— Ajit Yadav (@bloggeray23) August 6, 2021
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 nailed it
— Jazzy (@_jk0607_) August 5, 2021