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'Take up cage fighting and have a proper go'

By Rediff Cricket
July 06, 2022 12:23 IST
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'Let's see what you're really made of.'

IMAGE: Virat Kohli gestures to Jonny Bairstow to quieten down on day four of the fifth Test on Sunday, July 3, 2022. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

After Virat Kohli and Jonny Bairstow's verbal spat on Sunday -- which the Englishman played down as no big deal in his post-game media interaction -- David Lloyd jumped into the post-spat chatter.

'I do wonder where the line is and who draws it. Sportsmanship, banter, boorish behaviour, insults, abuse -- we saw everything on day four,' Lloyd -- who retired as a television commentator in December 2021 after Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq called him a 'closet racist' -- said.

'Cricket is a non-contact sport, but if a player feels the need to engage another, my advice is: Take up cage fighting and have a proper go. Let's see what you're really made of,' Lloyd wrote in his column for the Daily Mail newspaper.

Having said that, Lloyd praised 'pantomime villain' Kohli for reaching out to Bairstow and Joe Root after the Test ended on Tuesday.

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Joe Root and Virat Kohli shake hands after the fifth Test, which England won by 7 wickets, July 5, 2022. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

'I thought the on-field scenes at the conclusion of the game were glorious, with India's players congratulating Root and Jonny Bairstow and recognising the epic job they had done,' Lloyd wrote.

'Special mention for Virat Kohli who at times plays the pantomime villain, but who had a special word with both players. I like that.'

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