Virat Kohli on Sunday came out to defend his teammate Kamlesh Nagarkoti, after a fan angry with the young pacer was pestering him for a picture. Both the players were in action in a warm-up game, for the England Test, as Rohit Sharma-led India took on the Leicestershire County Cricket Club at Grace Road.
On Day 2 of the four-day practice game, a spectator was continously asking Kamlesh Nagarkoti for a picture while the 22-year-old was fielding for Leicestershire. Kohli, unhappy with the behaviour, was seen confronting a spectator from the balcony.
The video has since gone viral on social media.
“Kabse bula rha hoon, photo he nahi khicha raha. Mai meri job choddh ke yaha aaya hu. Kam se kam photo to khichwana chahie. Nagarkoti ko bula raha hoon (“I’ve been continuously asking for a photo. I came here after taking the day off from my office. So, I’ve been calling Nagarkoti to click a photo with me at least)” the fan can be heard as saying in Hindi after Kohli confronted him.
“Match khelne aaya hai ya photo khichwane aaya hai (Is he here to play the match or click photos),” Kohli said from the pavillion.
Meanwhile, India reached 203-6 after 48.4 overs, batting on Day 3. Rohit Sharma’s men were leading the county side by 82 runs by stumps on the previous day.
Virat Kohli was batting on 27 off 28 balls with the help of two boundaries and one six. In the first innings, India declared at 246 for eight. KS Bharat’s unbeaten knock of 70 was the main highlight.
For Leicestershire, Roman Walker took a five-wicket haul while Will Davis picked two couple.
Rishabh Pant led Leicestershire’s first innings with 76 runs. Walker and Rishi Patel made 34 runs each. The county side posted 244 runs.