Graeme Swann Terms Virat Kohli 'Childish' After Spat With Ben Stokes On The 1st Day Of The 4th Test

Graeme Swann Terms Virat Kohli ‘Childish’ After Spat With Ben Stokes On The 1st Day Of The 4th Test

Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes. (Credits: Twitter)
Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes. (Credits: Twitter)

Graeme Swann called Virat Kohli ‘childish’ after the India captain clashed with England all-rounder Ben Stokes on the first day of the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad.

One of the umpires had to intervene after the duo shared words in the middle, with England struggling on 37-3 after winning the toss.

 Ex England bowler Graeme Swann (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Specsavers)
Ex England bowler Graeme Swann (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Specsavers)

Graeme Swann: The Little Conflab Between Ben Stokes And Virat Kohli Seemed Childish

Graeme Swann insinuated that Virat Kohli was to blame for the spat after ‘butting in’ to Ben Stokes’ conversation with England team-mate Jonny Bairstow. India took an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series last week but still needs to avoid defeat in the series finale to qualify for the World Test Championship final.

“A little conflab in the middle between Ben Stokes and Virat Kohli, not sure what it’s about, it seems very friendly,” former England spinner Graeme Swann said on Channel 4 before the duo got up close and personal.

Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes
Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“Maybe it’s not quite so friendly. The umpire’s stepping in. I want a clean fight lads, nothing below the belt, when the bell goes you go back to your corners. It’s not really up to the fielders to butt into the batsmen’s conversations when they’re out in the middle. Just let them get on with it, and you get on with your own game. It all seemed a bit childish to me,” said Graeme Swann.

Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes were involved in an animated verbal duel and umpire Virender Sharma had to intervene to bring things under control. The incident happened right before the start of the 14th over when the Indian skipper walked up to the England all-rounder to say something. While the reason behind the scuffle is still not known, Virat Kohli’s reaction made it clear that he was not at all happy.

Sunil Gavaskar: Virat Kohli Was Probably Attempting To Disrupt Concentration Of Ben Stokes

India legend Sunil Gavaskar, meanwhile, felt Virat Kohli was attempting to disrupt Ben Stokes’ focus as he engaged with the England all-rounder.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar | File Photo

“That works in the fielding side’s favour because the batsman’s concentration is gone,” Gavaskar said.

“At this particular point in time, nothing will happen to Virat Kohli for the simple reason he’s fielding. But as a batsman, if you’ve lost concentration, it sort of lingers in your mind as you’re facing up to the next ball and you’re not fully concentrating, not fully focused on the ball.”

Needing to win the fourth Test to draw the series, England lost three wickets in the first hour to slip to 30-3, with openers Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley and captain Joe Root all departing cheaply. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow steadied the ship with a 48-run partnership but the latter was dismissed shortly after lunch to leave England 78-4.

England was bowled out for 205 with Axar Patel picking 4 scalps and Ravichandran Ashwin picking 3 scalps. Mohammed Siraj accounted for wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root. Ben Stokes scored 55 while Daniel Lawrence contributed with 46.

Left-arm spinner Axar Patel was the Man of the Match in the 3rd Test after producing a match-haul of 11 for 70. He is on a dream run taking 18 wickets in his first two Tests averaging 9.44. He continued his form in the 4th Test as he took his wickets tally to 22. Axar Patel would hope that he could have a long stint in the whites for Team India. The left-arm spinner has already played in limited-overs cricket for the team, but an injury to Ravindra Jadeja presented him the opportunity to showcase his skills with the red ball.

During the Australian tour, Ravindra Jadeja broke his thumb trying to fend off a bouncer from Mitchell Starc. He was immediately ruled out of the next match and later found himself ruled out of the England Test series. Graeme Swann said that he could consider turning up for England. Graeme Swann also suggested Ravindra Jadeja coming back won’t be bad for England as the visitors have seen enough of Axar Patel already.