Kohli blows a kiss to Root and mimics his ‘mic drop’ celebration after running out England captain

Virat Kohli mocks Joe Root by blowing kisses and mimicking his ‘mic drop’ celebration after running out England captain with brilliant piece of fielding

  • Joe Root was run out by India’s Virat Kohli on 80 on day one of the first Test 
  • Root had looked comfortable until he was dismissed by the fine piece of fielding
  • Kohli taunted the England captain by reenacting his ‘mic drop’ celebration
  • Root performed unconventional celebration to mark England’s ODI series win
  • REPORT: England collapse after steady start on opening day of first India Test 

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Virat Kohli mocked Joe Root after running out the England captain at a pivotal moment on the first day of the Test series at Edgbaston.

England were a healthy 216 for three when Kohli’s brilliant direct hit accounted for Root for 80, triggering a collapse that left them 285 for nine at stumps. 

And Kohli rubbed salt into the wound by mimicking Root’s ‘mic drop’ celebrations after England won the one-day series at Headingley two weeks ago.

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Virat Kohli mimics Joe Root's 'mic drop' celebration after running out the England captain

Virat Kohli mimics Joe Root’s ‘mic drop’ celebration after running out the England captain

Root lies on the ground after being run out following a direct hit on the stumps from Kohli

Root lies on the ground after being run out following a direct hit on the stumps from Kohli

Kohli blows kisses to both Root and Jonny Bairstow after capitalising on the pair's mix up

Kohli blows kisses to both Root and Jonny Bairstow after capitalising on the pair's mix up

Kohli blows kisses to both Root and Jonny Bairstow after capitalising on the pair’s mix up

Kohli, who also blew a couple of kisses and put his finger to his lips, accompanied the mic drop gesture by mouthing what looked like an obscenity.

That may yet be of interest to match referee Jeff Crowe as the ICC look to clamp down on bad behaviour, although Kohli has escaped censure in the past for more obvious displays of petulance.

‘Everybody’s entitled to celebrate how they want to,’ said England opener Keaton Jennings, who had earlier made 42. ‘If that’s the way he celebrated, that’s cool.’

Of more concern to Jennings was the suspicion that England had blown a golden opportunity to take control of the first Test in this five-match series after choosing to make first use of a decent Edgbaston pitch.

Root theatrically dropped his bat after hitting the match-winning four in the ODI series

Root theatrically dropped his bat after hitting the match-winning four in the ODI series

Kohli puts his finger to his lips after dismissing England's star man with a fine piece of fielding

Kohli puts his finger to his lips after dismissing England’s star man with a fine piece of fielding

‘It has been a little bit of a missed opportunity,’ he said. ‘But we’ve got nearly 300 on the board, and we need to be relentless hitting our areas with the ball. We don’t know yet what a good score is.’

Asked about the run-out of Root, who had answered Jonny Bairstow’s optimistic call for a second, Jennings replied: ‘That’s cricket. You make errors. Whether it was a mix-up, I don’t know. But it’s down to them to shake hands, have a beer and sort it out.’.

Root became the quickest England batsman to reach 6000 runs earlier in the day looked a safe bet to reach his 14th Test century in England’s 1,000th Test.

But a poor decision from Jonny Bairstow to go for a quick two gave Kohli the chance to send the England skipper back to the pavilion, which he took with aplomb.

Root makes his way back to the pavilion after falling short of reaching his 14th Test century

Root makes his way back to the pavilion after falling short of reaching his 14th Test century

Kohli, off balance, picked up the ball and smashed the base of the stumps with a brilliant throw, leaving Root stranded well out of his ground despite a despairing dive.

The celebration was a clear response to the moment England’s Test captain theatrically dropped his bat after hitting the match-winning four in the ODI series victory at Headinley last month.

The ‘mic drop’, an act more commonly used by rappers or comedians to signal the end of a statement so definitive it cannot be followed, has been popularised by many famous figures over the years and Kohli clearly had not forgotten.

The run out and celebration also served to revitalise the visitors, Bairstow and Jos Buttler falling in the space of eight runs as England’s middle order collapsed. 


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