West Indies death over specialist – Kesrick Williams, in an exclusive interview with International Cricket Network – ICN360, said: “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 fan. But Kohli didn’t see it that way. After the game finished, I went to shake his hands, Kohli said good bowling but the celebration eeh and he walked off.”
The saga did not end then in 2017 as Kohli took dig at Kesrick during the West Indies tour of India in 2019. Kesrick recollected, “Last year in India, 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’. Seriously! the episode is back from 2017. Every ball I bowled, he said something but I simply responded, ‘mate, just bat and shut up. Really, you sound like a child.’
As honest as ever, Kesrick accepted. “In the match he beat me really bad, I got confused, because he got into my head honestly and I kept thinking its alright, he got into my head and that’s why he beat me badly.”
“Next day, I’m all over India newspapers, I’m being honest I felt bad. But I like a challenge, I love a challenge and I love fame. So at that moment, I told myself, Kohli you’re the best player in the world but you’ve just met the most determined player in the world. Who doesn’t give up, who doesn’t say no and who [will] always grind to come up on top. That’s the player you’ve met. And when things get bad, that’s when I shine.”
Watch the full conversation above.