Andrew Flintoff and Amitabh Bachchan were involved in social media banter during the 2016 T20 World Cup. After Virat Kohli’s brilliant match-winning knock against Australia propelling India in the semi-final. Post that, Flintoff took a sly dig at the Indian talisman tweeting ‘at this rate, Kohli will be as good as Root one day’.
Amitabh Bachchan, an ardent Indian cricket team fan couldn’t stand the disrespect to India’s premier batsman. The legendary Bollywood actor replied to Flintoff asking who is Joe Root and that India would ‘uproot’ Root.
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 27, 2016
Andrew Flintoff Relaunches The Banter With Amitabh Bachchan
Now, after Joe Root notched up his 5th Test double hundred – 3rd as a captain and 2nd in his last 3 Tests. The former English all-rounder brought back the Indian actor’s tweet to the attention.
He quoted Bachchan’s tweet writing, “With the greatest respect, this aged well.”
With the greatest respect , this aged well 😂 https://t.co/sjhs7HGT1d
— Andrew Flintoff (@flintoff11) February 6, 2021
Weight was on Virat Kohli to give Bollywood’s superstar a chance to hit back at Andrew Flintoff but Virat Kohli couldn’t score enough and he got out by 11 runs. England in Commendable Position To Win 1st Test Match After Ruthless Batting Display
The visitors piled on the runs as Indian bowlers toiled on a flat surface at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Root added 90 runs to his overnight score of 128 as he became the first batsman to score a double century in his 100th Test.
The England skipper hit 19 boundaries and a couple of sixes. He hit Ravichandran Ashwin over long-on for a maximum to reach his double century. Shahbaz Nadeem ended Root’s stay in the middle as he missed a shot and was trapped right in front of the stumps.
Root got support from Ben Stokes, who smashed the bowlers to all parts of the ground during his knock of 82. Stokes took the attack to the Indian bowlers and smashed three sixes and 10 boundaries in his 118-ball knock
India didn’t open well with Rohit Sharma and Shubman gill getting out cheaply but consecutive wickets of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane set up the tone for England when India were 73-4. India were looking like to loose the match but India went onto scoring 337 runs, all thanks to Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara and Washington Sundar.