Former England opener Nick Compton has criticised the Indian captain Virat Kohli as "the most foul-mouthed individual", while also praising England and New Zealand captain Joe Root and Kane William, terming them as "level headed." His remark came after India defeated England in the second Test match of the ongoing series at Lord's on Monday.
The 38-year-old, who has represented England in 16 Test matches between 2012 and 2016, recalled an incident from the 2012 Test series in India and wrote, "Isn’t Kohli the most foul-mouthed individual."
"I’ll Never forget the barrage of abuse I received in 2012 when the swearing stunned me to the point that he did himself a serious disservice," he added.
"It highlights what a level-headed and grounded man Root, Tendulkar, Williamson et al are," said Compton in a tweet in which he also praised Sachin Tendulkar for being level-headed despite being one of the greatest batters.
Check out what he had tweeted here:
In a highly dramatic Test match at the Lord's, Kohli was caught on camera during an on-field altercation with James Anderson and other Englishmen. The altercations had commenced after Mark Wood was bowling short-pitched balls targeting Jasprit Bumrah’s head, later even Ollie Robinson was seen having a go at the Indian batters.
However, in the heat of the moment, England seemed to have lost the plot as they put boundary riders for the duo of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah and started bowling short when they were not known for their batting ability. Consequently, the on-field altercations also seemed to fire up up Bumrah and Shami whose partnership of over 80 runs for the ninth wicket changed the momentum of the match and brought India back in the game.
Later a no-nonsense bowling effort from Indian pacers saw India bowl out England for 120 in the final innings, winning the match by 151 runs.
Crompton's tweet was met with harsh criticism so much so that he was forced to delete the Tweet.
"The tension in the field in our second innings, what happened there, helped us," Kohli had said after the victory.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul, who was adjudged Player of the Match, for his superb hundred in the first innings, said: "We don’t mind some banter. You go after one of our guys and all XI of us will come back."