Former India opener Wasim Jaffer has backed skipper Virat Kohli for his animated trumpet gesture during the final day of the fourth Test match between India and England at the Oval. The visiting team eventually beat England by 157 runs to take a 2-1 lead despite being bowled out for a meagre 191 in the first innings and conceding a 99-run lead. When the Indian side were finally inching closer to a win, captain Kohli initiated a trumpet gesture towards the crowds at the Oval which hasn’t gone down too well with the section of the audience and media.
A tweet made by Fox Cricket’s official handle termed Kohli “classless” on this celebration. However, several fans backed the skipper’s gesture which seemed to be hinted at the Barmy Army and a call to the Indian supporters to start the celebration. Retweeting the same Fox Cricket’s post, Jaffer “fixed” that headline and wrote, “Captain Courageous: World applauds as Virat Kohli’s team brings dead game to life and scripts historic win.”
Here is Jaffer’s tweet:
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) September 7, 2021
Notably, it is usually the Barmy Army who support the England team with singing, dancing and trumpets but upon closing in on a historic win, Kohli virtually took out a trumpet of his own with both his hands and attempted to play it, facing the spectators.
Former England opener Nick Compton also wasn’t pleased with Kohli’s gesture as he tweeted, “Yea it doesn’t look good for him! No need.”
However, the Barmy Army took the gesture sportingly and even had a witty response to it. “Yes we know you want to be in the army Virat. We get the hint,” they responded.
Check out Barmy Army’s response:
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) September 6, 2021
After the match, Kohli heaped praises on the bowlers and rated their performance in the Oval Test as among the top three he has witnessed as the captain of India.
“This is among the top three bowling performances I have witnessed as India captain,” Kohli said with a big smile on his face during the presentation ceremony,” Kohli said that at the post-match presentation.
“I think the best thing about both the games has been the character the team has showed. We are not looking to survive in this game, we are here to win. Really proud of the character the team has showed,” he added.
The team has already reached Manchester for the fifth and final Test commencing on September 10.