Sorry who's this, quips Andrew Flintoff during banter with Amitabh Bachchan on Kohli-Root tweet

Virat Kohli's magnificent 82 not out off 51 deliveries that almost single-handedly helped India beat Australia by six wickets in the virtual quarter-final at Mohali on Sunday, led to a war of words of sorts between former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Kohli's knock, which helped India recover from a shaky position of 49 for three to eventually win with five balls to spare, received acknowledgement from across the world especially on the social media.

Flintoff, who played for 79 Tests and 141 ODIs for England between 1998 and 2010, congratulated Kohli initially for his masterclass of an innings:

However, he started a massive fire after he decided to compare Kohli and Root, saying that the star Indian batsman might 'catch up' with the latter some day:

Amitabh Bachchan who has been quite active on Twitter lately and has courted controversy with his tweet on Indian commentators, was quick to react to it in his own style:

Flintoff decided to come up with a cheeky response of his own, one that might have made him an enemy in the eyes of a billion Indians:

Did he not expect a flurry of angry, Flintoff-bashing messages thereafter:

Flintoff was taken aback by the sudden flurry of abuses from the Indians, which led to him writing this:

Having started the fire by a Kohli-Root comparison, Freddie was clearly taken aback when it went out of hand and ended up playing the victim. The ex-England cricketer may only have been joking but for Indian fans who wear their hearts on sleeves, cricket is a serious business.

Updated Date: Mar 28, 2016 12:47 PM

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