India tour of England: Virat Kohli signs Indian fans in Edgbaston crowd cheering bowlers as England thrashed wickets on Day 4 of the 5th Test.
Virat Kohli enthralls the crowd on Day 4 of the Birmingham Test (Reuters Photo)
- Virat Kohli got excited as England lost their quick wickets on the fourth day
- Kohli joins the crowd while interacting with the Edgbaston crowd
- England lose 3 quick wickets after opening stand of 107 runs
India players found a spring in their footsteps after a scintillating opening partnership between Alex Lees and Zak Crawley as England began their chase of 378 on a strong note on the fourth day of the rescheduled 5th Test in Birmingham.
Stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah broke the opening partnership of 107 runs, which dampened the enthusiasm of the Indian players and Indian fans at the prestigious Edgbaston. Two out-of-form openers attacked the Indian pacers, making a 3-figure score in just 19.5 overs.
Lies soon completed his half-century, while Crowley, who was struggling to bowl with the bat, scored 46 and was running away from the target. It was a scintillating attack from the two openers as India ran out of ideas on a good batting day in Birmingham.
Just as things were going England’s way in the session, Jasprit Bumrah withdrew in a jiffy and slid to the top of the off-stump with a hand on Crowley’s shoulder. It was the last over of the second session as India players, including skipper Bumrah, heaved a sigh of relief.
Fairy Virat back in business
Virat Kohli sensed the potential for a change in pace as he signaled the crowd to join Indian fans and support the Indian bowlers. As the noise in Edgbaston began to increase, Kohli signaled to the crowd.
Virat Kohli please be back in this format forever and ever. What is personality? Holy!#Engwind
— Prajakta (@18prajakta) 4 July 2022
Kohli did not stop there as the players were on their way back to the dressing room for tea, talking to half-century Alex Lee. It didn’t seem like a friendly conversation as the host broadcasters fixed their cameras on the conversation between Kohli and Lees.
Right after the tea break, Kohli was punching in the air and roaring with joy as Jasprit Bumrah sent Ollie Pope back to 0 with his first delivery of the session.
There was even more cheer for Virat Kohli and the Indian team as Alex Lees, who looked solid on 56, was run out in the second over of the session after a mix-up with Joe Root.