Virat Kohli has a history of getting into verbal duels especially with the Australians and the 2nd ODI at the Eden Gardens was no exception as Kohli and Aussie gloveman Matthew Wade was involved in a confrontation with Matthew Wade. The incident happened when Kohli decided to take a bye run while Wade was down injured. He looked in discomfort, but Kohli went for the extra run only to be confronted by Wade and the bowler Marcus Stoinis at the end of the over.
Wade was already struggling in the Kolkata heat and to add to his misery a Marcus Stpoinis struck him in his arm and Kohli who was at the non-striker’s took off for the run. Despite being confronted by Wade and Stoinis Kohli found incredible support from an Australian. Former Aussie medium pacer Stuart Clark said the incident to be ‘piddly crap’ and came out in support of Kohli.
“He (Wade) misfielded one. Whether the Indian batsman knew he was injured or not was probably a secondary question,” Clarke was quoted as saying to Sky Sports Radio by the Herald Sun.
“It’s one run. Is this the biggest issue this team has got? If I’m Matthew Wade and I’m Marcus Stoinis — and full credit to him for standing up for Matthew Wade — I’d be worrying about my own cricket, rather than all this other stuff.This is piddly crap.”
Kohli is not a man known to hide his emotions and he was seen giving Wade a grand send-off when he was dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav. It also happened to be Kuldeep’s first wicket which made the hat-trick possible. It wasn’t a great delivery under any stress of imagination but Wade failed to put it away and chopped it down onto his stumps.
Meanwhile, it was India who took a 2-0 lead in the 5 match series after completing a resounding 50 runs victory. The score of 252 set by India wasn’t a match-winning one under any stress of imagination but the bowlers bowled brilliantly and restricted Australia to a mere 202 runs. Marcus Stoinis gave a valiant effort but it was too late.