'Mic Drop': Virat Kohli silences English batters with Joe Root's run-out

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 15, 2018 02:47 hrs
Virat Kohli (Image Courtesy: AP)

The opening day of the Edgbaston Test between India and England was a day of two halves. Earlier, the hosts won the toss and opted to bat first. The decision seemed to be working as the English batters defied the Indian bowling contigent. However, the momentum shifted just as England looked to be chugging along with ease in what was their 1,000th Test.

Searching for an elusive second run at mid-wicket, Root's run was cut-off at 80 as his Indian counterpart collected the ball and threw it at the non-striker's end. Kohli's gestures after Root's run-out, however, took centrestage thereafter. Kohli first did a 'mic drop', followed by blown kisses before finishing off with the choicest of swear words to send-off Root.

Here's how the international media reported on the Day One action in Edgbaston.

Virat Kohli mocks rival Joe Root with mic-drop celebration after run out

Ali Martin, the Guardian

Virat Kohli fired a riposte at the English skipper Joe Root with a mic-drop celebration after running out the latter.

Root had come up with a mic-drop celebration after scoring a century in the third ODI against India in Headingley on July 17. Root's century had helped the hosts clinch a 2-1 win over India in the three-match ODI series.

While Kohli's accompanying comments may have included some swearing – and the International Cricket Council is cracking down on player behaviour – there appeared to be little evidence by which the match referee, Jeff Crowe, could hand down a disciplinary charge given Kohli’s distance from the stump microphones and on-field officials.

England v India: Joe Root run-out sparks hosts' collapse in first Test

Stephan Shemilt, BBC

England stuttered after starting off steadily on the opening day of the first test against India in Edgbaston on Wednesday. English skipper Joe Root, and Jonny Bairstow propped up a 104-stand for the fourth wicket, before he was run out abruptly.

Root's struggles to convert his 50's into 100's may have continued with this latest dismissal. But, the 27-year-old also became the third youngest-player after Sachin Tendulkar and Alastair Cook to complete 6,000 runs in Test cricket on the day.

Earlier, the English batters looked to be taking advantage of winning the toss on a surface that seemed true for batting, but is also offering some encouragement to both pace and spin bowlers.

England v India: Virat Kohli taunts Joe Root after brilliant run out at Edgbaston

Louis Sealey, Metro

On the first day of the first test between England and India in Edgbaston, the two teams' captains went on become the talking points for their respective teams.

A 14th Test century looked imminent for Root in England’s 1,000th Test but the skipper was sent back to the pavilion after attempting a quick two with Jonny Bairstow.

Bairstow, who lost his wicket soon thereafter, was the second-highest run-getter for England with his 70, followed by opener Keaton Jennings who scored 42. For th Indians, spinner Ravi Ashwin claimed 4/60, with Mohammed Shami picking 2/64. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma bagged a wicket each.

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