Virat Kohli reveals reason behind his ‘notebook celebration’ to Kesrick Williams during IND-WI Hyderabad T20I

Skipper Virat Kohli and opener Kl Rahul played prolific knocks to help India secure a six-wicket win over West Indies in the first T20I at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Friday.

With this victory, the home side now have a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.

Batting first, West Indies posted a score of 207/5 after 20 over with Hetmyer played an entertaining knock of 56 runs off 41 deliveries.

On the chase, Virat Kohli played a captain’s knock and remained unbeaten on 94 runs off 50 balls, guiding India to a six-wicket victory with eight balls to spare.

However, the Indian skipper did get into an argument with Windies pacer Kesrick Williams, who was standing in Virat’s way when was trying to take a single during the match.

The 31-year-old was absolutely livid with Wiliams’s gesture and ripped into him during the 16th over of the match.

Upon smashing the pacer for a maximum and a boundary, Virat used Williams’ own celebration where he mimicked his bat like a notebook to “tick” Kesrick’s name off the list. 

During the post-match presentation, Virat opened up about his “tick” celebration.

“It’s not the CPL (about Williams’ celebration), it happened to me in Jamaica when he got me out. So I thought I’ll tick a few in the notebook as well, but all good. There were a few words, but smiles at the end.”

“That’s what you want to see. Good competitive cricket but in the end shake hands and give a hi-fi. That’s what cricket is all about. Play it hard but have respect for opponents,” Kohli said.

“The aim is not to play slam-bang cricket. One of Rohit (Sharma) or I have to play long in this team,” Kohli claimed.

“That’s the role I play in every team I play in. Basic fundamental is that I don’t want to change my game too much for T20s. I’m an all-format player. I just want to score runs every game.”

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