During the series-deciding 5th T20I between India and England, a heated exchange between Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler happened. The two shared a spat after Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Jos Buttler in the 13th over of the 225-run chase.
Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler gets in banter
Words were exchanged between the India captain and the England wicketkeeper-batsman after the latter said something after his dismissal.
The 30-year-old was on his long way back to the pavilion when Kohli followed him. Buttler kept on walking towards the dugout before taking few steps back to confront the India star, who scored 80 not-out runs in the match.
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Eoin Morgan’s view on the banter
But England skipper Eoin Morgan has downplayed the incident saying, that he was unaware of what happened between the two players.
“I don’t know actually (what exactly happened). Obviously, Virat is very animated when he plays, a big character in the game, that’s just who he is; he rides the emotions of the game. Sometimes in tight games, people can have conflicts, that’s not uncommon. I think that was the instance,” said Eoin Morgan.
Morgan further talked about Ben Stokes, who did not have the best of series with the bat and the ball.
“The role Ben has played for us in the middle order, when he has had opportunities to play, he has done a really exceptional job. It is actually a really difficult role to fulfil. It’s something he has taken on board and embraced. In the last game, he played really really well. We would have liked him to kick on, but it didn’t necessarily happen, but his contributions when given the opportunity have been really well,” said Eoin Morgan.
Buttler was (52 off 34) and Dawid Malan stitched a 130-run partnership off just 82 balls as the visitors for once looked like running away with the match. However, the fall of Buttler’s wicket opened a floodgate and England stuttered to a 36-run defeat against India and the hosts won the 5-match series 3-2 against the number one ranked team in the format.