Published: Fri, August 03, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

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

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

It wasn't only about getting to the three figure mark but continue from there on.

The England captain failed to reach stumps on day two after the hosts finally ended India's fightback just short of a lead and set themselves the task of navigating the final few overs of the evening. But, in hindsight, we wouldn't have been able to bowl then. "I am very happy with my preparation and not anxious about the world", Kohli said.

The opening batsman of India, Shikhar Dhawan along with Murli Vijay added first fifty partnership of Indian innings.

Though India limped to 76 for three at lunch, the post-lunch session bought no respite with all rounder Stokes picking up two wickets to reduce the visitors to 100-5.

Kohli celebrated the dismissal with a "mic drop" gesture, pretending to drop an imaginary microphone, just as Root had done a month earlier when he clinched the one-day global series with a second successive hundred.

It was the second time in the match that Ashwin had dismissed Cook, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, this way.

It was a big occasion for Kohli as he was handed the Test captaincy due to the absence of MS Dhoni and the flamboyant batsman celebrated the occasion with a special knock. The right-hander thanked his lucky stars as he was dropped twice on a score of 21 and 51 by Dawid Malan at slip.

Earlier, electing to bat under slightly damp conditions, the England openers - Alastair Cook (13) and Keaton Jennings (42) - had no trouble in dealing with the India quicks as they soon raised 26 runs, before Ashwin was brought in as early as the seventh over of the innings.

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Virat's dominance can be seen in the stats as R Ashwin got out at 169 after that visitors added 109 runs in which Shami, Ishant and Umesh added 8 runs. That goes to show Kohli's class, determination and temperament.

"It was hard, but I told myself that it was important to enjoy this moment and consider a challenge to take the team far and the innings deep". So it was a test of physical and mental strength.

I was very disappointed when I got out as well because we could have taken a 10-15-run lead.

"I have to laud the tail as well".

It was his third Test double hundred, and the most ever made by any Indian cricket team skipper.

It was a miserable passage of play for England in the hour after tea, on a day when they had long seemed sure to vindicate Root's decision to bat first on a pitch of even pace and true bounce.

Speaking about his knock, Kohli said being unaware of what is being said or written about him and remaining in that cocoon helps him prepare better for the challenges.

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