IND vs SL: Virat Kohli comes up with heartfelt gesture as Bengaluru crowd chants 'RCB RCB'

IND vs SL: Virat Kohli comes up with heartfelt gesture as Bengaluru crowd chants ‘RCB RCB’

Kohli got a huge cheer as he came out to bat at number four in the game.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Day 1 of the ongoing second Test between India and Sri Lanka saw 16 wickets falling as the Bengaluru track has a lot to offer for the bowlers. While puffs of dust were blown right from the first hour of the game, the pink ball made batter’s job even more challenging. However, the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Angelo Mathews embraced this challenge and played some delightful shots, thoroughly entertaining the crowd at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Meanwhile, the spectators also showered a lot of love on ‘local’ player Virat Kohli. Although the 33-year-old hails from Delhi, his association with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) since the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008 meant the Chinnaswamy crowd treated him like a home player. As a result, we saw Kohli getting a huge cheer as he came out to bat at number four in the game.

Virat Kohli acknowledges love from Bengaluru crowd

The chanting didn’t stop even when the former Indian captain was fielding in the latter half of the game. In fact, Kohli also came up with a heartwarming gesture to acknowledge the Bengaluru crowd. After hearing the chants of ‘RCB RCB’ from the stands, Kohli responded by making a heart sign with his hands. He apparently showcased his love for the fans and the franchise.

In fact, he also went on to showcase the red inner he was wearing under the white kit. This further enthralled the crowd as the chanting enhanced. Meanwhile, Kohli, on a difficult track, did show some resilience but fell prey to Dhananjaya de Silva after scoring 23 off 48 deliveries. Nonetheless, a breathtaking 92 off 98 deliveries from Shreyas Iyer meant India finished at 252.

The baton was then passed onto the bowlers and they didn’t disappoint. Speedsters Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah breathed fire with the red ball and shared five wickets on Day 1. Left-arm spinner Axar also dismissed one batter as Sri Lanka finished Day 1 at 86/6, trailing by 166 runs.