News – AU – Ben Stokes downplays the verbal exchange with Virat Kohli

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Ben Stokes downplayed an exchange with Indian captain Virat Kohli while admitting England fell 100 runs below expectations in the fourth Test

The pair had a combative exchange on the field in Ahmedabad on Thursday when Stokes beat

“It’s two pros who show they care about the sport they love,” Stokes said when asked about the exchange at the end of the day,

“A lot is said these days when two people have their say in the middle. There was absolutely nothing out of the ordinary, just two guys who care about what they do and two guys who definitely don’t flinch”

Seamer Mohammed Siraj had his own mindset, telling reporters in Hindi, “He (Stokes) abused me and I told Virat who handled it. It is important to have your captain’s support”

Stokes became England’s top scorer again, but he had to admit that his side fell short of expectations after another chastening encounter with the Spin 100 Runs

The tourists had the opportunity to dispel the memories of their two-day defeat in the same place in Ahmedabad last week They won the throw and found the loft conditions less extreme than expected

But while the ball didn’t spin unpredictably or slide off the field, Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel still found a way to run through the Order and shared seven more wickets when England fell for 205

India had time to hit 1-24 in response but Stokes, who scored the most hits at 55, was honest enough to accept an opportunity slipped through his fingers

“I think we’ll look back on this and be disappointed with a few strokes, we’re more than capable of getting over 300 points on a wicket like this That’s frustrating

“We sit down as a group and say we’re going to try to put it (the previous game) behind us, but that’s easier said than done”I know overall it’s a much better wicket than the last one we played on so we’re just disappointed not to hit yet

“I’m very frustrated that I spent two and a half hours not coming out on a straight ball and then came out on a straight ball”

Stokes had a lot on his mind at the time, not only having turned out to be the leading light on his side with the bat, but also battling symptoms of an upset stomach and was signed to open the bowling alley after an England pick game with James Anderson had left as the sole front paceman

He clearly felt beneath the weather and was noncommittal about his prospects of hitting 100 percent in the coming days

“I’m telling you the truth, I just have to wait day after day,” he said

India’s Rishabh Pant turned the tide of the Test series in Australia with his remarkable eyelash – and now he has repeated his fearless goal with a century that changed the match against England in the fourth Test

Another poor batting performance from England has all but ended Australia’s hopes of reaching the Test World Cup final in June

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News – AU – Ben Stokes downplays verbal exchange with Virat Kohli

Source: https://www.theroar.com.au/2021/03/05/ben-stokes-plays-down-verbal-exchange-with-virat-kohli/