“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 stated in a video interview uploaded on International Cricket Network 360 YouTube channel.
“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.”
Fast-forward two years and Kohli took aside Williams throughout the T20 collection in India in 2019. He smashed an unbeaten 94 off 50 deliveries in Hyderabad and throughout the course of his innings, additionally mimicked Williams’ celebration.
“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’,” stated 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 stated.
“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.
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