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India vs England: Joe Root says Virat Kohli’s celebrations add to spectacle of Test cricket

Joe Root insisted he had no issues with Virat Kohli’s celebration, adding that it makes for entertaining viewing for the fans back home.

cricket Updated: Aug 02, 2018 19:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates taking the wicket of England's Joe Root on the first day of the first Test cricket match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England on August 1, 2018. (AFP)

Virat Kohli’s fiery celebration after running out England cricket team skipper Joe Root on Day 1 of the first Test against England was a source of debate and amusement for many. (IND v ENG 1st TEST LIVE UPDATES)

Kohli not only mimicked Root’s “drop the mic” celebration, he also put his finger to his lips and uttered a familiar four-word expletive in the direction of his counterpart.

However, Joe Root insisted he had no issues with what Kohli did, adding that it makes for entertaining viewing for the fans back home.

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“I did not see it in the middle. Saw it last night after day’s play. It adds to the whole spectacle of Test cricket. Gives a bit of humour to it. It also makes it for a very entertaining series. Let’s see how things pan out over the course of the five Tests,” Root told Sky Sports ahead of day two.

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Kohli’s celebration of Root’s run out was a direct response to the England skipper’s ‘mic drop’ gesture during the ODI series, when he had dropped his bat dramatically to celebrate his hundred in the final ODI.

‘No place for expletives’

However, former England skipper Michael Vaughan had a word of warning for the sides and warned that there could be more such issues as the series goes on.

“We’ve only had one day of a five-match series and something has happened,” Vaughan said according to a BBC report. “There will be more and more of it.

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“When you play the one-dayers before the Test series, it adds a bit of drama, because incidents happen and get taken into the Tests.

“We don’t want it to go over the top. Virat produced an expletive and there’s no place in the game for that, but blowing kisses and the bat drop is fine. It adds to the entertainment.”

First Published: Aug 02, 2018 17:48 IST