Kohli's 'mic drop' gesture adds to the spectacle, says Root


It was a memorable day for Indian off-spinner R Ashwin who picked up four wickets and kept troubling the left-handers right throughout the day and used the moisture perfectly to get rid of Alastair Cook with an absolute peach in the first hour of the Test match.

England were 285 for nine after winning the toss at stumps on the first day of the first Test against India at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Making the most of the two dropped catches by England at 21 and 51, Kohli let out a huge roar in celebration after belting the ball off Ben Stokes for a boundary to bring up his century.

Cook started confidently and struck fours either side of the wicket off Umesh Yadav in the seamer's third over.

Just like in the first innings, Ashwin bowled to Cook, the ball dipped, pitched on middle stump, ripped away, missed the front foot prod of Alastair Cook and collected the off stump.

This was after India quickly wrapped up the English innings, who lost their last seven wickets for a mere 71 runs.

India needed just 10 balls on the second day to end England's innings, that slipped from a comfortable 216/3 to 287.

India have always been criticised for their poor close catching but England's slip cordon is not the most reliable either and, with the tourists still on 100, two chances went begging.

"The last session was very similar to last night's session where India gave just grab the game back through brilliance from Kohli".

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Virat Kohli is a born victor and everything he does, oozes out the winning mentality and "never-give-up" attitude in him. "I am very happy with my preparation and not anxious about the world", Kohli said.

Anderson bowled a five-over spell during which he tied down Kohli, while Stokes did the damage. Can India strike early or we will get to see another magic knock from Joe Root?

"It's good to have those little moments within things".

Root, though, was quick to play down any hint of antagonism in the gestures, telling the BBC's Test Match Special before day two: "It actually adds to the theatre of the game". Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan looked at ease as they got to 50 without breaking much of a sweat.

In going past 39, he'd already bettered his top score from the 2014 tour and soon England was on the defensive, spreading the field.

Virat Kohli's brilliant century was an "eye-opener" to Sam Curran on the day the young England left-armer proved he too has the ability to be a match-winner in Test cricket.

First to go was Vijay (20), plumb LBW to a late inswinger, then KL Rahul (4) played on to leave the tourists on 54 for two.

Earlier, Curran had taken three wickets in the space of eight balls to reduce India to 76-3 at lunch.