Indian skipper Virat Kohli run out his English counterpart Joe Root on Day 1 of the first Test between the two teams and that dismissal was one of the defining moments of the day of the opening Test of the 5-match series. Kohli’s celebrations after the dismissal, however, made the headlines.
Virat was seen mocking Root’s mic-drop celebration, which he performed after winning the ODI series at Headingley which many felt was unnecessary. Even Keaton Jennings also termed it ‘cool’ and now Root himself has reacted to the incident. The England captain acknowledged that he didn’t see Kohli’s celebrations as he was walking towards the dressing room after being run-out. But he reckons that such incidents keep the competitiveness alive in a long and grueling series.
As quoted in ‘The Field’, Root said, “I didn’t see it in the middle but did catch it later in the night. Look, it’s fine. That’s what makes Test cricket a spectacle. It’s great to have that sort of entertainment early on in the series. Let’s see how it goes over the five matches.”
Virat Kohli had earned Root’s wicket with his exceptional fielding when things were looking in England’s favor. At 215/3, Jonny Bairstow tucked Ravi Ashwin towards square leg and set off straight away for a couple. But he didn’t realize that his partner was a touch slow. At the same time, Kohli was sharp in the field who ran quickly from mid-wicket to field the ball and delivered a weak throw before tumbling on the ground.
However, despite the fact that the throw was weak, it was on target and cleverly Ashwin too let the ball burst through his hands which went on to hit the stumps and eventually caught Root well short of the crease. The wicket came at the right time for the visitors as England struggled since then to end the day on 285/9.
Here is the video of Root’s dismissal:
Root's dismissal and Virat remembers the bat-drop pic.twitter.com/1xH3IC5av5
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