Southampton Football Club gifted Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli a customized jersey after the fourth Test between England and India. Kohli paid a visit to Premier League club's home ground the Saint Mary's Stadium after the penultimate Test match of the series ended in four days.
“It was great to welcome @imVkohli and @BCCI to Southampton last week! ???? #saintsfc,” Southampton wrote on its Twitter handle.
Virat is a football enthusiast and follows the game passionately. This is not the first time an Indian cricketer is paying a visit to a football venue on this tour. Earlier, KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav had attended a game of Arsenal football club. They also spent some time at the venue playing football, as seen in the video shared by Rahul himself.
India and England will play their last Test of the series on September 7. The hosts have already won the series with 3-1 and will look to give a memorable farewell to Alastair Cook, their one of the best Test batsmen. Cook has announced his retirement from international cricket and the Test match this week is going to be last game of his career.
On the other side, Virat and co will try to show some fight back and make it 3-2. Even though it won't change the outcome of the series, but it will surely lift the whole team as they have Australia to play later this year.
The 29-year-old Kohli had spoken about their loss at Southampton. He lauded England for their fighting spirit and said, “I thought England did well to give us that target. They batted well in third innings. Seeing how the pitch was, how the ball was turning, they applied themselves and got to a total that was challenging. Thought we were in with a fifty-fifty chance last night. Didn’t get a good start, England applied a lot of pressure.”
“All in all it was a challenging day, we put our best foot forward but it wasn’t good enough. Don’t think we made too many mistakes today. Credit to them. We never thought like that (of an impending collapse). I and Jinks did well with that partnership, but if you don’t have a partnership before or after it becomes difficult. But we were always under the pump. The pressure was non-stop. We felt the passion of eleven players on the field, wanting to win the Test match for their country,” he added.