You remember the English wicket keeper-batsman Ben Duckett, right? No? Well, we don't blame you. He used to play for the main English roster all the way back in 2016, before they became really, really good and one of the top contenders for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
However, the lefty has been sent to their second-tier level team called 'England Lions' that recently lost to India's second-tier squad 'India A' in the One-dayers and unofficial Test series at the latter's soil.
While the southpaw did have a brilliant 50-run innings during the second unofficial Test in Mysore, he would be better known to the Indian cricket fans as 'the guy who tried to troll Virat Kohli'.
Even after the Indian captain bagged his career's 40th ODI in Ranchi, the Men in Blue lost to a rejuvenated Australian cricket team who took a breath of fresh air and have been dominating ever since (checkout Australia's exceptional run-chase in the fourth ODI at Mohali).
Post the defeat, a cricket-enthu Twitter account trivially asked a fill in the blank question:
Complete the sentence.
Virat Kohli is _______________
While the question got a lot of positive reactions like calling his “annoyingly good” and “a batsman even better than Sachin Tendulkar”, there was one particular response that was put under that spotlight. Ben Duckett's response:
A joke?.............................. https://t.co/APryZGy3lf— Ben Duckett (@BenDuckett1) March 8, 2019
Apparently, Duckett called Virat Kohli “a joke” in order to show his regards towards the genius of the batsman, maybe somethings in the lines of 'he is a joke to the ODI format because he is that good', but the Viratians weren't buying it.
It is plausible that as soon as the Englishman tweeted, he regretted his decision as he was hit by a barrage of raging Indian fans who called him out.
Get ready for yet another episode of abusements.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 8, 2019 March 9, 2019
Virat Kohli is you fatherð— itz_me_wahed (@Waheduzzaman15) March 9, 2019
Ben duckett pic.twitter.com/wyJYFlPsdu— Shreyas (@DeaconSG97) March 9, 2019
Do you even play cricket anymore Ben?ðððð— Daniel Clark (@DanClincs) March 9, 2019
Hey Ben , not talking about your career here— Ishan Mishrað®ð³ (@ishan31396) March 9, 2019
After watching a former teammate take in so much heat, Ben Stokes (https://www.mensxp.com/sports/cricket/39889-ben-stokes-brawl-why-england-s-bad-boy-needs-a-role-model-to-be-actually-be-one-for-his-fans.html) sent in a friendly word of advice:
ð¤¦âï¸ð¤¦âï¸ð¤¦âï¸ð¤¦âï¸ why? You may as well of just walked into a wall. Indians don't get this type of context Ben https://t.co/xn4QtOaLf7— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) March 9, 2019
Probably something that could've been said behind closed doors, Stokes?