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David Lloyd makes fun of Virat Kohli, faces backlash on Twitter

David Lloyd had taken a dig at Virat Kohli after his dismissal versus West Indies in the third ODI played on Friday. The former England cricketers was slammed by Kohli’s fans on Twitter

india vs west indies 2017 Updated: Jul 02, 2017 15:39 IST
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Virat Kohli-led India are currently 2-0 ahead in a five-match series against West Indies.(LatinContent/Getty Images)

Former England cricketer and commentator David Lloyd has been at the receiving end of the angry response from Indian cricket fans after he tried taking a dig at Virat Kohli over the coach issue, on Twitter.

Much has been said and speculated over the role of Kohli in the exit of one of India’s most celebrated cricketers Anil Kumble from the post of the head coach, despite the former Indian captain maintaining a splendid record over his one-year tenure that ended abruptly right after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

India lost just one series — a closely-fought two-match T20I series in Florida against West Indies last year — as the team under the guidance of Kumble and leadership of Kohli clambered up the ICC Rankings in Test cricket, demolishing New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia on the way.

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India played as many as 17 Tests with Kumble as the coach — including four away Tests in the West Indies. In this period, India lost just one Test — to Australia by 333 runs at Pune earlier this year — as they produced one of the most dominant display of Test cricket over the last one year or so.

But unfortunately, the differences in opinion between Kumble and Kohli lead to the exit of the former, who had taken to Twitter confirming that the relationship between them had become ‘untenable’.

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However, Kohli was caught in the spotlight despite several Indian cricketers not being too happy with Kumble’s alleged dominating ways as coach. But to the credit of the 27-year-old Kohli known for his aggressiveness, he did not hit back at his senior.

India carried on to the West Indies following Kumble’s exit. Kohli remained in the spotlight, and the captain responded with the figures of 32* and 87 in the first two ODIs of the five-match series.

The West Indies turned up determined in the third game, making things difficult for Indian batsmen early on. Kohli was bounced out by Jason Holder in that game, with debutant Kyle Hope taking an acrobatic catch.

Bumble, who happened to be watching that game, tweeted right after Kohli fell for a 22-ball 11.

While Bumble meant sarcasm, it did not go down well with the Indians.

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 12:32 IST