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By Sakthi Nian | Jun 05, 2019 01:22 PM

Hours before the much awaited match between India vs South Africa in World Cup 2019, a verbal spat between Virat Kohli and Kagiso Rabada broke out. It all began after South Africa's pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada had recently called Virat Kohli "immature" after his face-off with the India skipper during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.

Virat Kohli Hits Back At Kagiso Rabada\'s Remarks

"I was just thinking about the game plan, really, but Virat, he hit me for a boundary and then he had a word. And then when you give it back to him, he gets angry. I don't get the guy. Maybe he does it because it gets him going, but that comes across as very immature for me. He is a phenomenal player but he can't take the abuse ," Rabada told

According to NDTV Sports report, Kohli was unaware of Rabada's remarks until the question popped up in the pre-match press conference on Tuesday and then he hit back at the South African pace spearhead and said he would like to discuss the matter man-to-man. "Well I have played against Kagiso Rabada many times, will like to discuss man-to-man," Kohli said. He further stated that Rabada is always going to be a world class bowler and a threat to any side he plays against.

The Indian team will open their World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa today. While, South Africa will be playing their third match in the quadrennial event after having lost to hosts England and Bangladesh. The 30-year-old also expressed confidence in his team and said they have a good chance of winning their group stage games.

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