Virat Kohli mocked Joe Root after running out the England captain at a very crucial moment on the first day of the Test series at Edgbaston Wednesday England were in a healthy situation with 216 on scoreboard losing just 3 wickets but Kohli’s brilliant direct hit that saw Root ( 800 well short of the crease, triggered a collapse that left them 285 for nine at stumps.
The story did not end there as Kohli rubbed salt into the wound by mimicking Root’s ‘mic drop’ celebrations after England won the one-day series at Headingley two weeks ago. Kohli, who also blew a couple of kisses and put his finger to his lips, accompanied the mic drop gesture by mouthing.
‘Everybody’s entitled to celebrate how they want to,’ said England opener Keaton Jennings, who had earlier made 42. ‘If that’s the way he celebrated, that’s cool.’Asked about the run-out of Root, who had answered Jonny Bairstow’s optimistic call for a second, Jennings said: ‘That’s cricket. You make errors. Whether it was a mix-up, I don’t know. But it’s down to them to shake hands, have a beer and sort it out.’.
Root became the quickest England batsman to reach 6000 runs earlier in the day looked a safe bet to reach his 14th Test century in England’s 1,000th Test. But a poor decision from Jonny Bairstow to go for a quick two gave Kohli the chance to send the England skipper back to the pavilion, which he took with aplomb.
Kohli, off balance, picked up the ball and smashed the base of the stumps with a brilliant throw, leaving Root stranded well out of his ground despite a despairing dive.
The celebration was a clear response to the moment England's Test captain theatrically dropped his bat after hitting the match-winning four in the ODI series victory at Headinley last month.
The 'mic drop', an act more commonly used by rappers or comedians to signal the end of a statement so definitive it cannot be followed, has been popularised by many famous figures over the years and Kohli clearly had not forgotten.
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