VIRAT KOHLI mocked Joe Root’s mic-drop celebration when he ran the England captain out on the opening day of the First Test against India.
Kohli, a rival of Root to be regarded as the best Test batsman in the world, produced a flash of brilliance in the field to take out the stumps with a direct throw with the England man floundering.
And the India superstar immediately rammed Root’s public display of dominance in the recent one-day series back down his throat by openly taunting his rival as he made his way back into the dressing room.
Root had performed the mic-drop, where he mimicked dropping a microphone using his bat, having hit a brilliant series winning century in the deciding limited overs match at Headingley.
So India captain Kohli gave it back to him, and more, by performing his own mic-drop and sending Root back to the pavilion by blowing a series of kisses.
The flashpoint lit up an enthralling day of cricket which had seen England lay down a marker having chosen to bat – only for them to collapse following the dismissal of their captain.
Root had earlier become the quickest England batsman to reach 6,000 Test runs – five years and 231 days since making his debut – in reaching 80.
He had seemed well set for his first Test century since reaching the milestone against West Indies last year.
Root failed to make his ground after being called for a second run by Jonny Bairstow as a dead-eye throw by Kohli shattered the stumps.
His dismissal sparked a dramatic collapse in which England plunged from 216-3 to 285-9 at the close of day one of the First Test at Edgbaston.
Root has now failed to turn any of his last eleven half-centuries in Test cricket into a three-figure score.
England opener Keaton Jennings, who scored 42, said of Kohli’s celebration: “Everybody is entitled to celebrate how they want. He celebrated – and that’s cool.
“I’m sure Joe and Jonny will shake hands, sort it out and have a beer tonight.
“Joe played fantastically well. The way he goes about constructing an innings and communicates with a young cricketer like myself is phenomenal. He’s taught me a hell of a lot. To watch a master at work is great – he’s a fantastic player and guy.
“It was a bit of a missed opportunity by us, but there was still some lateral movement with the old ball. We have almost 300 on the board and nobody knows what a good score is until both sides have batted.”
England would consider playing Ben Stokes in the Second Test at Lord’s next Thursday if his trial for affray, which is due to begin in Bristol on Monday, is adjourned for any reason.