Virat Kohli gave Joe Root a special send-off on Wednesday as he ran the England skipper out with some sensational fielding.
The incident took place in the 63rd over of the Day 1 of the first Test between India and England at Edgbaston. Root, who was batting on 80, was sent back to the pavilion as he tried to take a second run with Jonny Bairstow.
Kohli, who was mid-wicket, quickly collected the ball and released it swiftly to the non-striker’s end for a direct hit to dismiss Root.
The India captain then celebrated the dismissal with a ‘mic drop’ gesture. It was in response to Root’s celebration after he guided England to a 2-1 ODI series win against India in July.
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Kohli Celebrating the Run Out of Joe Root … ??? pic.twitter.com/g7Alqo4W72
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Virat Kohli who is ready to trust in his own game as he looks to prove he can score runs in England. The India captain is one of the leading batsmen in world cricket and the 29-year-old may well be an all-time great by the time his career is finished.
But while his overall Test batting record of 5,554 runs in 66 matches, including 21 hundreds, at an average of 53.40 is impressive, the same cannot be said of his returns in England.
His first tour of England, four years ago, yielded a meagre 134 runs from five Tests at an average of 13.4.
Now Kohli is the skipper of an India side who are top of the world Test rankings and eager to banish their reputation as poor performers outside the sub-continent by winning a five-Test series that starts at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
And Kohli believes the best way for him to succeed in England this time around is to pay no attention to the multitude of pundits analysing his performance.
“Back in the day, when I did not know better, these things used to bother me — because I used to read a lot,” Kohli told reporters in Birmingham on Tuesday, But honestly… I genuinely don´t read anything… I have no idea what´s going on.”
“If I waste my energy on all these things, I´m compromising on my mindset already — because when I walk out to bat, I have the bat in hand, not people who sit on the outside who write and predict things.”