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Just a little chat: England’s Ben Stokes said his verbal duel with India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday highlighted that two professionals “care about the sport” in what he called the toughest batting conditions.
Stokes made 55 in England’s 205 all out on the opening day of the fourth and final Test after the tourists won the toss and elected to bat in Ahmedabad.
His 121-ball knock, laced with four boundaries and two sixes, raised hopes of a big England total as he engaged in some mid-pitch banter.
“It’s two professionals showing they care about the sport that they love,” Stokes, who played despite a stomach bug, told reporters.
“A lot gets said these days when two guys seem to come to words out in the middle. There was completely nothing untoward, just two blokes who care about what they do and two guys who definitely don’t back down.”
Stokes apparently reacted to a bouncer from fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, who later said the batsman “abused” him.