Virat Kohli hailed an "amazing character" after "taking the p*** out of the Barmy Army"
Former England Test captain Michael Vaughan has jumped to the defence of India skipper Virat Kohli after his mocking of England supporters group, The Barmy Army.
Criticism came Kohli’s way after the India captain made a trumpet gesture towards the English crowd late on during the tourist’s 157-run win over the home side in the fourth test at the Oval.
India’s victory means they have now moved 2-1 ahead in the series heading into the final Test in Manchester at Old Trafford later this week, as a superb bowling performance on day five in the capital saw them blow away the hosts, bowling them out for 210 in the second innings.
But Kohli's gesture grabbed headlines - with him appearing to mock the Barmy Army by pretending to play the trumpet, an instrument synonymous with the England supporting group.
Kohli was slated by some fans for ‘unsportsmanlike behaviour'. However, former England skipper Vaughan defended the Indian’s actions.
Vaughan also claimed that cricket needs more characters in the game like Kohli, who try and get the crowd going.
Vaughan told Fox Sports : “Virat Kohli is an incredible leader. He's just got this buzz of energy. He was taking the p*** out of the Barmy Army with these trumpet signs.
”I love it. We don't have enough characters in the game and mimicking the crowd, trying to get his own supporters going. When they came out after lunch he was getting them going.
“It was like he was at the end of the long jump in the Olympics trying to get the crowd going.
"He's an amazing character and yesterday he gave a tactical masterclass on how to win a Test match.”
India’s victory was hugely crucial with just one Test left to play in Manchester, and their captain revealed afterwards that he was delighted that his side were able to prove their doubters wrong.
India sealed the thrilling win thanks to Jasprit Bumrah's bowling heroics while Rohit Sharma had put his side in a strong position thanks to his first overseas century in the second innings.
Kohli commented: “We've shown time and time again that we are a top side. That's because of the belief and the passion that we have in this group. A lot of people after Leeds really stood up and said, will India be able to come back?"
The Indian also revealed that their victory at the Oval was just as important as their historic win at Lords one month ago.
He added: “This win is as special as Lord's, if not more. This group of players, they just want to win, to win badly and find ways to win. That's a real hallmark of our side.”