‘I will make sure your notebook celebration doesn’t work’, Kohli to Williams
West Indies fast bowler Kesrick Williams admitted that, Virat Kohli was the first cricketer he did the ‘notebook’ celebration after he got Kohli’s wicket.
Kesrick Williams said he did it for his fans in 2017 in a match in Jamaica. He also remembered how the celebration took him apart when the national side toured India for T20 series.
“Virat Kohli is the first person I did that notebook celebration on in Jamaica. When I did the notebook celebration, I did it because I liked it and I did it for my fans. But Kohli didn’t see it that way,”
Williams said in a video interview uploaded on International Cricket Network channel.
The pace bowler also revealed that Kohli did not react for the celebration and he shook hand quite as normal after the match.
“After the game finished, I went to shake his hands, Kohli said good bowling and he walked off. He didn’t walk off rudely. But it was the end of our greeting.”
Kohli took apart Williams during the T20 series in India in 2019 series. He smashed an unbeaten 94 off 50 deliveries in Hyderabad and during the course of his innings, also mimicked Williams’ signature notebook.
“As soon as Mr. Virat Kohli walked into bat, he walks straight at me and says, ”the notebook celebration thing is not going to work here tonight. I’m going to make sure it won’t work”,” said Williams.
“Seriously! The episode is back from 2017. Every ball I bowled he said something but I simply responded with ”mate, just shut up and bat. Really, you sound like a child”,” Williams said.
“But all he heard was ”can you just bat and shut up”. The part about child and whatever he didn’t hear because I was walking back.
“That’s all I said but he kept talking. In the match he beat me really bad, I got confused because he got into my head honestly and I kept thinking it’s alright, he got into my head and that’s why he beat me badly,” he added.
Kesrick William’s notebook came into live during a match in Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Kesrick took a wicket of Chadwick Walton and did his notebook celebration. In the next match, Walton smashed him away as much as possible and mimicked his notebook celebration.