In the 29th game of the ODI World Cup 2023, India secured their sixth consecutive victory in the tournament, dominating England by a significant 100-run margin. While India’s team showcased outstanding individual displays, Virat Kohli, one of India’s star batsmen, struggled to make an impact and was dismissed without scoring after facing nine deliveries.
Virat’s underwhelming performance quickly became a hot topic on the internet, sparking a wide range of reactions. Some expressed disappointment at his unusual struggle, while others resorted to humor and memes to poke fun at the situation.
The Barmy Army’s taunting of Virat Kohli
Among those who joined in the teasing was the enthusiastic English fan group, the Barmy Army. They didn’t miss a beat in poking fun at Kohli, sharing a photoshopped image of the Indian captain’s face on a duck floating in a pond, accompanied by a clever caption that humorously stated, “Just out for a morning walk.” This post rapidly gained popularity, leaving Indian fans irked.
Yet, as cricketing fate often dictates, a remarkable turn of events unfolded during the second innings when England’s top batsman, Joe Root, was dismissed without scoring a run. This unforeseen twist gave Team India supporters the ideal opening to retaliate, and the fervent Indian fan collective, the Bharat Army, delivered a cutting response to the Barmy Army’s mockery of Kohli.
The Bharat Army’s savage response
The Bharat Army responded by circulating the same image of the ducks, this time featuring Joe Root’s face on one of them. Their witty caption humorously stated, “Just out for an evening walk.” This well-timed and humorous comeback entertained cricket enthusiasts from both sides.
Parthiv Patel joins the banter.
The banter didn’t conclude there, with India’s former opening batsman, Parthiv Patel, also joining in on the fun. He chose to playfully taunt the entire England team by reposting Barmy Army’s original post and humorously remarking, “12th November… the fastest way to reach London… Air India will take care…”