Virat Kohli celebrates Joe Root's dismissal with a mic-drop gesture

Friday, 03 Aug, 2018

Now England are playing their 1000th Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham under the captaincy of Joe Root against India. The experienced spinner bowled some hard lines to the England batters which resulted in the quick wickets.

Kohli's celebration of Root's dismissal with a "mic drop" gesture, mocking the bat drop by the Englishman to celebrate a hundred during the ODI series, added a bit of spice to the proceedings.

But his 11th Test fifty without a hundred since that innings ended in frustrating fashion when, with Yorkshire team-mate Jonny Bairstow calling him for a tight second run, he was run out for 80 by Kohli's direct hit from midwicket.

The India captain reminded everyone why he, when on song, is the best batsman in the world.

Kohli's last trip to England was not a success. Then Ben Stokes also took two wickets before Curran returned to dismiss Hardik Pandya and finish with 4-74.

This time, however, feels different.

It was not an easy start for Kohli.

At Edgbaston, only Kohli (53 not out) stood among the ruins, benefitting from a dropped catch at second slip when on 21. Instead, it was Kohli who thrived, biding his time, soaking up all the stress, and making the most of two dropped chances to produce a marvellous, gritty 149.

However, Kohli's useful partnerships with the lower order including Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav shrunk England's lead - that was at one point seeming to be more than 100 - to 13 runs. It brought out Kohli who was booed on his walk to the crease.

Vaughan said: "The great players love the biggest stage". I could have said no, there's no hard feelings, we've just got to move on with it. "OK, I'll stick around'".

England's slip catching though does concern me. Kohli lost and won; Anderson won and lost; in the end India heaved a colossal sigh of relief.

England's new Test vice-captain Jos Buttler was taken to a local hospital on Thursday after injuring his finger in the field.

As for his own performance, Curran added: 'Personally, it was a pretty special day for me with the ball.

He claimed three wickets in eight balls as he found some movement.

Left-hander Shikhar Dhawan (26) nicked a well-directed Curran outswinger to Malan at second slip.

At stumps, Sam Curran was 24 not out and James Anderson unbeaten on nought.

Earlier in the day England bowler Sam Curran had put his side in front with three quick wickets.