Matt Parkinson’s ‘cocky Kohli’ tweets unearthed as English bowler labels Indian players as ‘cheats’

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Matt Parkinson’s ‘cocky Virat Kohli’ tweets were unearthed after young English spinner burned India players ‘cheats’ in now-deleted social media posts from 2012 to 2014

  • Matt Parkinson may receive a warm reception during the last two one-day internationals
  • Old tweets surfaced insulting several Indian legends, including Virat Kohli
  • In one of the tweets now deleted, Parkinson’s refers to Indian players as ‘cheats’
  • It is believed that the players in India will ‘remind him of what he wrote’ on the field

Matt Parkinson could receive a warm reception for playing in one of the last two one-day internationals in Pune after old tweets surfaced insulting some Indian legends.

The Lancashire leg spinner, who could play in the rest of the series given Captain Eoin Morgan’s promise to give games to squad players, posted tweets between 2012 and 2014 attacking current Indian Captain Virat Kohli and predecessor MS Dhoni.

While Parkinson, 24, has deleted the worst tweets sent when he was a teenage bowler, screenshots have appeared in Indian media this week ahead of his possible performance in Pune.

Matt Parkinson is warmly welcomed when he plays in one of the last two one-day internationals

Matt Parkinson is warmly welcomed when he plays in one of the last two one-day internationals

In one tweet, Parkinson, during England’s triumphant tour of India in 2012-2013, calls Kohli and Dhoni ‘shame’ and in others he refers to Indian players as ‘cheats’.

There is also a provocative tweet targeting Indian Ravindra Jadeja who says, ‘Shows the awful standard of Indian first-class cricket that Ravi Jadeja has three threefold centuries and he can’t hit for s ***.’

Old tweets surfaced insulting some Indian legends including Virat Kohli (left)

Old tweets surfaced insulting some Indian legends including Virat Kohli (left)

Old tweets surfaced insulting some Indian legends including Virat Kohli (left)

In one of the Twitter posts now deleted, Parkinson's refers to Indian players as 'cheats'

In one of the Twitter posts now deleted, Parkinson's refers to Indian players as 'cheats'

In one of the Twitter posts now deleted, Parkinson’s refers to Indian players as ‘cheats’

But most of his vitriol is directed against the brilliant yet controversial figure of the captain of India, with one of the tweets capturing ‘Chin up Kohli you arrogant arrogant p ****’ going viral this week.

Sportsmail understands Kohli has been made aware of the tweets and a source said: ‘He’s never shy about seeking confrontation on the field. Kohli will no doubt go hard at Parkinson’s when he plays and I’m sure the other Indian players will remind him of what he wrote. ‘

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.

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