CWC 2019: Kohli responds to Rabada’s comment

When the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was going smoothly, South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada’s remark on Virat Kohli caused a huge backlash on social media platforms. Rabada recently called Kohli ‘immature’ and the remark didn’t go down too well with Kohli fans as they vent out frustration on their respective social media handles by taking a dig at Rabada.

CWC 2019: Kohli responds to Rabada's commentCWC 2019: Kohli responds to Rabada's comment
Virat Kohli addresses the reports on the eve of team’s opening fixture against South Africa.

Almost everyone was waiting for the Indian skipper Virat Kohli to respond to the infamous remark by Rabada. During a recent press conference, Virat Kohli had some interesting words in store for his counterpart Kagiso Rabada.

Virat Kohli spoke in a typical way as he praised the South African fast bowler on the eve of India’s opening fixture of the World Cup 2019 against the Proteas on June 5 which is to be held at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground, Southampton.

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When Rabada called Kohli ‘immature’

Kagiso Rabada who had recently called the Indian captain immature said that the aggressive Kohli likes to get into quite a lot of verbal spats with opposition team players but doesn’t really like it when someone gives it back to him on the cricket field.

Rabada has cited an incident between him and Kohli during the IPL this season when they both had a verbal exchange of words when Royal Challengers Bangalore were playing an away fixture against Delhi Capitals.

“I was just thinking about the game plan, really, but Virat, he hit me for a boundary and then he had a word. And then when you give it back to him, he gets angry. I don’t get the guy.

Maybe he does it because it gets him going, but that comes across as very immature for me. He is a phenomenal player but he can’t take the abuse. But those things can’t distract you”, Rabada told ESPNCricinfo.

Kohli responds to Rabada’s remarks

Responding to Rabada’s remarks, Kohli said he doesn’t really want to reply to any player through a press conference before going on to add that Indian batsmen need to be cautious of the threat that Rabada possesses when they take on the opposition at Southampton on Wednesday.

“I’ve played against Kagiso (Rabada) many times and I think we can discuss anything that needs to be discussed man-to-man (on Kagiso calling him immature). I don’t need a press conference to answer anything on what he said. Rabada is a world class bowler. He has the kind of skill set to go through any batting order on his day.

“Whether he plays with Dale (Steyn) or (Lungi) Ngidi doesn’t matter, he is always going to be a threat. We need to respect that and find ways of scoring against him,” Kohli told the reporters.

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