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Eoin Morgan on Virat Kohli-Jos Buttler spat: People can have conflicts, that is not uncommon


England tour of India 2021: England captain Eoin Morgan has downplayed the verbal exchange between Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler during the 5th T20I between India and England.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • A heated exchange between Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler happened in the 5th T20I
  • Eoin Morgan has downplayed the incident and said that it’s not uncommon
  • Sometimes in tight games, people can have conflicts: Morgan

During the series-deciding 5th T20I between India and England, a heated exchange between Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler happened. The two shared a spat after Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Jos Buttler in the 13th over of the 225-run chase.

Words were exchanged between the India captain and the England wicketkeeper-batsman after the latter said something after his dismissal. The 30-year-old was on his long way back to the pavilion when Kohli followed him. Buttler kept on walking towards the dugout before taking few steps back to confront the India star, who scored 80 not out runs in the match.

England skipper Eoin Morgan, however, downplayed the entire incident and said that it’s not an uncommon happening for two people to engage in an on-field conflict.

“I don’t know actually (what exactly happened). Obviously, Virat is very animated when he plays, a big character in the game, that’s just who he is; he rides the emotions of the game. Sometimes in tight games, people can have conflicts, that’s not uncommon. I think that was the instance,” said Eoin Morgan.

Buttler was (52 off 34) and Dawid Malan stitched a 130-run partnership off just 82 balls as the visitors for once looked like running away with the match. However, the fall of Buttler’s wicket opened a floodgate and England stuttered to a 36-run defeat against India and the hosts won the 5-match series 3-2 against the number one ranked team in the format.



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