Matt Parkinson admits he was ‘wrong’ after his tweets calling Virat Kohli ‘cocky’ went viral

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England’s Matt Parkinson admits he was ‘wrong’ after his tweets calling Virat Kohli ‘cocky’ went viral when the leg spinner now says India captain is a ‘fantastic cricket player’

  • Matt Parkinson was a teenager when he handled Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni badly
  • The spinner was spared no retaliation on the field in recent white ball games
  • He called Kohli and Dhoni ‘shame’ and in other tweets India players ‘cheats’

Matt Parkinson has admitted he was ‘wrong’ after old, derogatory tweets about Virat Kohli went viral last month.

The Lancashire and England leg spinner, now 24, was still a teenager when he poorly handled Kohli and his predecessor MS Dhoni on Twitter – but retaliation on the field was spared when he failed to play a match in one of the recent white-ball series in Ahmedabad and Pune .

In a tweet during England’s triumphant tour of India in 2012-2013, Parkinson called Kohli and Dhoni ‘shame’ and in others she called Indian players ‘cheats’.

Matt Parkinson has admitted he was 'wrong' after old, derogatory tweets about Virat Kohli went viral last month

Matt Parkinson has admitted he was ‘wrong’ after old, derogatory tweets about Virat Kohli went viral last month

There was also a provocative tweet targeting all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja who said, ‘Shows the terrible standard of Indian first-class cricket that Ravi Jadeja has three triple centuries and he can’t hit for s ***.

But most of his vitriol was directed against the now Indian captain, with one of the tweets reading, ‘Chin up Kohli you arrogant arrogant p ****,’ but the spinner insists the tweets were wrong.

“I was just a young cricket fan wrong,” said Parkinson.

It was probably a good lesson. I’m actually not a big social media user so when I cleaned up my Twitter before signing up [for Lancashire], I didn’t even think about checking things like that.

Indian Captain Kohli was part of India's recent victories over England

Indian Captain Kohli was part of India's recent victories over England

Dhoni's last match for India was the 2019 World Cup semi-final

Dhoni's last match for India was the 2019 World Cup semi-final

Parkinson’s referred to Virat Kohli (left) and MS Dhoni (right) as shame, saying the former was ‘cocky’

When it came up, I thought, ‘Oh no.’ But we live and we learn, aren’t we? Just a young guy doing a crazy tweet.

‘He is a fantastic cricket player. As with watching Ashwin and Axar Patel, it is a pleasure to get a closer look at Kohli. It would take a lot of thought and planning to act against him. ‘

Sportsmail reported last month that Kohli had been made aware of the tweets.

England would be relaxed about the situation, believing that what Parkinson’s wrote and then deleted as a 16-year-old has little relevance to his current status as an international cricketer.

There was also a provocative tweet targeting Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (above)

There was also a provocative tweet targeting Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (above)

There was also a provocative tweet targeting Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (above)

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