India vs England: Virat Kohli loses his cool after Ben Stokes claims Shubman Gill’s catch
Virat Kohli was not at all happy when Ben Stokes claimed Shubman Gill's catch.
Updated - Feb 24, 2021 8:03 pm
Team India have taken the upper hand in the ongoing third Test against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Virat Kohli lost the toss but it was a good toss to lose as India’s bowlers wreaked havoc after Joe Root decided to bat first. England could not even bat for two sessions on day one as India bowled them out for a paltry 112 inside 49 overs.
Ishant Sharma, who is playing his 100th Test, gave India the first breakthrough by dismissing Dominic Sibley for a duck. From thereon, England kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Barring Zak Crawley, who scored 53, no other batsmen lasted long on the ground which is hosting an international game for the first time since 2014.
Crawley was also the only player to score more than 20 runs as seven England players failed to touch the double-digit mark during the horrendous batting display. For India, local boy Axar Patel starred with the ball. Having picked up a five-wicket haul on his debut in the last Test, Axar struck on his very first delivery to remove the dangerous Jonny Bairstow.
He then went on to take five more wickets to finish with career-best figures of 6 for 38. Senior spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also made his presence felt by taking three crucial wickets including the prized scalp of England skipper Root.
Virat Kohli unimpressed with Ben Stokes
Virat Kohli looked pumped up and was all smiles as India’s bowlers were wreaking havoc with the pink ball. However, the India skipper’s expression changed within moments when England started bowling. The reason behind his changed expression was the incident that took place in the second over of India’s innings when Shubman Gill edged a Stuart Broad delivery behind the stumps.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was standing in the slip cordon, came up with a good effort and claimed the catch. The umpires, however, were not convinced and decided to go upstairs. The replays showed that the ball had landed on the ground before Stokes claimed it. Consequently, the umpire gave his decision in Gill’s favour.
Stokes and his teammates, however, were not happy with the decision as they claimed that the catch was clean. And amidst the drama, the cameras focused on India’s bench where Kohli looked very animated. The 32-year old looked animated and also pointed towards the field, making it clear that he was unimpressed with Stokes’ action.
Here is a clip of the incident:
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