Former South African captain Dean Elgar recently unveiled a startling revelation about an intense on-field encounter with India’s cricketing icon Virat Kohli, shedding light on a dramatic on-field rivalry.
In a recent podcast appearance, Elgar recounted a fiery exchange with Kohli during South Africa’s tour of India in 2015, where tensions escalated to an unexpected level. Elgar vividly described how he confronted Kohli after allegedly being spat at during a Test match.
“I came in to bat, and I was holding my own against Ashwin and Jadeja,” Elgar recalled. “Kohli spat at me, and I said to him, ‘If you do that again I’ll f***g ps [a South African profanity meaning hit] you with this bat. I will absolutely knock you out on this field,” he recounted, highlighting the intensity of the moment.
Dean Elgar claims Virat Kohli once ‘spat’ on him during Test series.
Elgar also said that two or three years after the incident, when India toured South Africa in 2017-18, Kohli had approached him to apologise.
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South Africa’s AB de Villiers, a teammate of Kohli at IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore and mutual friend of both men, intervened to settle their differences.
“Anyway, so, realized that de Villiers found out what he did and went up to him and said: ‘bud, why are you spitting at my teammate bud? That’s not on’.
Elgar also revealed that years later in a surprising turn of events, Kohli extended an olive branch, inviting Elgar for drinks to apologize for his earlier actions.
“And two years later, he (Kohli) calls me aside playing (in) South Africa and said: ‘Can we go have a drink at the end of the series? I want to just apologize for my actions’,” Elgar recounted, reflecting on Kohli’s gesture of reconciliation.
Notably, Elgar recently retired from international cricket after South Africa’s two-Test series at home against India.
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