England vs India: Virat Kohli, Jonny Bairstow in heated exchange at Edgbaston as umpires intervene

India tour of England: Virat Kohli and Jonny Bairstow were involved in a heated on-field conversation as two on-field umpires stepped in to calm things down on the morning of the third day in Birmingham.

England vs India: Virat Kohli, Jonny Bairstow in hot pose on Day 3 morning (AP Photo)


  • Virat Kohli and Jonny Bairstow clashed with each other on the third day
  • Kohli tells Bairstow to stop talking and focus on the game
  • Bairstow hits a quick half-century to lead England’s fight against India

Virat Kohli was involved in a heated exchange with England batsman Jonny Bairstow in the first few overs of the third day’s action at Edgbaston in Birmingham, even as India pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami took to the pitch on Sunday, July 3. Were getting the ball to rip it.

Virat Kohli appeared unhappy with Jonny Bairstow after the England batsman said something to the former India captain. Even as Bairstow tried to calm things down with a pat on Kohli’s back, the star Indian batsman was not holding back as he went from the slip cordon to the baristo.

Kohli asked the England batsmen to stop talking and concentrate as there was a lot of drama in the first 30 minutes of the third day of the Edgbaston Test.

Two on-field umpires, Alain Dar and Richard Kettleborough, had to step in and calm things down between the two star players.

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Obviously, Virat Kohli and his teammate were unhappy with Jonny Bairstow as they felt the England batsman was deliberately wasting time at the end of Day 2. Bairstow was hit on the glove in a little less than 30 minutes in the 24th over bowled by Mohammed Shami. The game was abandoned. Bairstow grabbed attention as the physio came to the ground and checked on him.

Notably, Kohli needed Bairstow on the second day itself and anger flared up when play resumed on Sunday morning.

Eventually, Virat Kohli and Jonny Bairstow put off a heated exchange between overs when the India skipper was seen delivering a “friendly punch” to the England batsman.

Watch: Kohli, Bairstow in heated chat

England were 84 for 5 after Jasprit Bumrah ran through the top order and Mohammad Siraj got the big wicket of Joe Root on a rain-hit Day 2 at Edgbaston.

However, Jonny Bairstow took the initial distraction and attacked the Indian bowlers. He went after Mohammed Shami and Mohammad Siraj to score 50 runs in just 81 balls. Bairstow partnered with captain Ben Stokes as the two England batsmen pressed the offensive key Puton to put pressure on the Indian bowlers.

There was even more drama on the morning of the third day as Shardul Thakur dismissed Ben Stokes for 18 as luck continued to snub Shami.