Virat Kohli is in the news these days for some weird reasons. It is not about performance or determination towards his batting and captaincy for India but the teams he supports apart from cricket. The most recent one being Germany who were knocked out of the World Cup 2018 in group stages.
During the five-match Test series in England, the Indian skipper visited English Premier League (EPL) club Southampton FC where Jose Fonte gave him a customised jersey.
Here’s the photo Southampton FC tweeted of the two captains:
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) September 4, 2018
Expectedly, Twitterati recalled how Kohli supports a team and the team ends up losing (read Argentina and Spain). This time, Tweeps feared that Southampton might get relegated:
He supported Germany, they went out in the group stage. He supported Argentina, they lost in quarters. He supported Spain, they too lost in the quarters.
I just hope Southampton don’t get relegated!
— Kedar Vanarse (@AudiophileKevin) September 4, 2018
Goes wherever he wants ….. 2015 pic.twitter.com/mxSn6U2Ysz
— Russell Saunders (@MrGrumpyinOz) September 4, 2018
Name a better crossover than this one I’ll wait
— Ol’rawnder Saini (@olrawnder) September 4, 2018
And Southampton becomes the first club to be relegated this season
— shiv singh (@I_am_shiv05) September 4, 2018
yeah Southampton… Rightly So… Going to a club with No ambitions just as India Played the test Series… I wondered where the motivation came from now I know..
— Saurabh Kumar Das (@SaurabhDas89) September 4, 2018
Southampton religate this season
— Anil Basyal (@basyal_anil) September 4, 2018
Southampton FC announce shock signing of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli for remainder of 2018-19 season. 🙂 https://t.co/c0xKmJMRak
— Andrew Nixon (@andrewnixon79) September 4, 2018
— Kaustubh Pandey (@Kaus_Pandey17) September 4, 2018
The 29-year-old-led Indian side has lost the Test series already. They will be playing in the fifth Test which will also be Alastair Cook’s farewell game.
The right-handed batsman has stood out of the lot scoring 544 runs from 8 innings on the tour in comparison to the previous tour when he managed to score just 134 runs from 10 innings.
He has eclipsed each and every batsman in the Test series so far. The nearest to his tally of runs is Jos Buttler with 260 runs from 7 innings. From the Indian side, it is Cheteshwar Pujara who has scored 241 runs from 6 innings.
Also, Kohli has a chance to break Rahul Dravid’s record of most runs in a Test series by an Indian batsman in England. He needs to score more than 75 runs in the fifth Test at Kennington Oval, London.