Compton, speaking on The Edges & Sledges Cricket Podcast, revealed how he’d met a lady on an evening out, who he later found out was Kohli’s ex-girlfriend. He only realised Kohli wasn’t too pleased about it when he was in the middle batting, and the Indian batsman sent a few words sent in his direction.
“I definitely got a few words from Virat Kohli during the series,” he said. “I think I bumped into his ex-girlfriend at the time before the series when out for an evening with Kevin Pietersen and myself, Yuvraj Singh … all of us were there, and she was there.
“I just chatted to her and the word got back that I was speaking to her, and I don’t think Virat Kohli was very happy with that. He had a few words to say to me every time I walked out to bat. He was trying to say that it was his girlfriend, and she was saying that it was her ex-boyfriend. It was like, ‘Who’s got the story right here,’ you know what I mean?
“It was quite funny at the time, and the players in our England camp caught hold of it. We used it as a way to keep winding him up and, you know, trying to get in his head.
“But he’s a world-class performer, and he came back and scored a good hundred in the last [game in Nagpur]. And obviously his career has gone on from strength to strength. But it was a funny joke that we had throughout the series, and something that I always smile about. But everything was in good faith.”