Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Kohli’s ‘mic drop’ adds "spice" to five-Test series, says Root

Kohli’s ‘mic drop’ adds

Bairstow though made sure that India didn't get an upper hand on the proceedings by adopting an attacking approach against Ashwin.

When Ben Stokes bowled Dinesh Karthik for a duck, he became only the fifth England player to complete the Test double of 2,500 runs and 100 wickets.

India would have ended with far less if it wasn't for Kohli withstanding a thorough examination of his skill and temperament.

England have squandered a promising start against India to close the opening day of the first Test on 9-285 at Edgbaston.

The first three wickets fell for eight runs as they slipped to 3-216 with Root's misfortune accompanied by a full-house "send-off" from his opposite number Virat Kohli.

Apart from England, Kohli has magnificent away records against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Behind Root as he stormed off, Kohli celebrated by blowing a kiss, mouthing some fruity advice, putting his finger to his lips and adding a "mic-drop" - mocking Root's gesture last month, after he had clinched the one-day worldwide series at Headingley with a second successive hundred.

However, Kohli rubbed salt into the wound by blowing kisses in the direction of Root and putting his finger to his lips, as if to quieten crowd of more than 18,000.

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Kohli's animated celebration of Root's run out was a response to the England skipper's "mic drop" gesture during the ODI series, when he had dropped his bat dramatically to celebrate his hundred.

England would have been dismissed had Sam Curran (24 not out) been caught behind after edging Mohammad Shami's penultimate ball of the day.

Root top-scored with 80 before falling run out.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with Virat Kohli after taking the wicket of England's Alastair Cook.

Keaton Jennings survived on nine when Ajinkya Rahane dived in front of Kohli in the slips, but could not hold the edge.

Jennings left after the lunch break scoring 42 runs.

The opener pushed the ball down into his crease and then on to his foot before it trickled back on to the base of the stumps. "It was a little bit sombre (in the dressing room after)". There's no hard feelings and at least we've got a score on the board'.

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