Virat Kohli lashes out at Shardul Thakur after poor fielding effort by pacer

The incident happened when Thakur conceded an extra run during England's comprehensive run-chase in the third T20I.

Rohan GulatyAuthor

Updated - 18 March 2021 01:35 PM

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It was another horrendous outing for India against England on Tuesday as the visitors outplayed the hosts in all departments to go 2-1 up in the T20I series. While the Men in Blue were poor in batting and bowling, their fielding wasn't up to the mark as well. Virat Kohli, who had single handedly brought India back to the game with his heroic knock, was certainly not a happy captain on the field.

As Jos Buttler kept on smashing bowlers all over the park, the frustration for Virat Kohli kept on increasing. In the end, it was Shardul Thakur who had to face the wrath of skipper's anger following a poor effort on the field by the pacer.

What exactly made Kohli so angry?

The incident happened when England were cruising towards the target of 157 on Tuesday. After 11.3 overs, the score read 97/2 as Yuzvendra Chahal bowled his fourth delivery. Jonny Bairstow got an inside edge and the ball went to square leg for an easy run. However, the England batters ran very fast between the wickets while Shardul Thakur, who was fielding at the boundary was slightly slow to react.

Bairstow and Buttler completed two runs as Thakur fired a wild throw which went neither to the wicket-keeper nor to the bowler. Unfortunately, the ball went straight to Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper was quick to let the pacer know that he was not happy with Thakur's fielding effort.

It was overall a difficult day for Shardul Thakur in Ahmedabad. The 29-year-old ended the contest with figures of 3.2-0-36-0 as England went 2-1 up in the series. The Indian bowler also faces the prospect of getting replaced for the fourth T20I as the Men in Blue aims to bounce back in the series.


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