Indian fans flay ICC for ‘trolling’ Kohli over mic drop episode after India’s loss

Indian fans flay ICC for ‘trolling’ Kohli over mic drop episode after India’s loss

Kohli had mocked Root's bat-drop celebration after running him out in Edgbaston Test.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli celebrates after taking the wicket of England’s Joe Root. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The first Test between India and England in Birmingham might be over but the mic-drop episode continued to feature in public discussion. None other than the International Cricket Council (ICC) came up with a post on the same after India lost the match by 31 runs despite being at an advantage.

The cricketing governing body posted a picture of the two captains – India’s Virat Kohli and England’s Joe Root – with a dropping microphone below, seeming to be from the latter’s hand. The caption “Root out” came up with a fisted hand sign and a microphone.

The mic-drop episode continued into Day 1 of the first Test after Kohli run Root out with a brilliant direct throw and made the gesture of dropping a mic as the England skipper departed. Root had made the same gesture at the end of the ODI series last month that England won after trailing 0-1, thanks to the batsman’s back-to-back centuries, by dropping his bat like a mic. Kohli’s act in Birmingham was a payback of sort although English opener Keaton Jennings felt it was “cool”.

Angry Indian fans

But the Indian fans did not find the ICC’s act cool enough. Some of them came up with serious objections, calling the act as “foolish” and even likened it with something that “trollers” and “stupid fans” do.

One of the users even used a flurry of negative adjectives against the ICC as “cheap, mean, despicable, immoral, unscrupulous, unsavoury, distasteful, disgusting.”

Kohli was seen to be talking to match referee Jeff Crowe ahead of the play on Day 3 and speculation was rife that it could be something about the mic drop episode.

Root himself was not complaining against Kohli’s reciprocation over it and rather felt things like those made Test cricket more attractive.

“I actually think it adds to the whole spectacle of Test cricket, it gives a bit of humour to it, and it makes for a very entertaining series for something like that to happen so early on, so we’ll see how things pan out over the course of the five test matches,” Root told Sky Sports on Thursday

Kohli was in the limelight for the most part of the first Test. After the mic drop incident following the runout, he belted 149 in India’s first innings and followed it up with a 51 in the second. Although all his efforts went to vain as India eventually fell 31 runs short of the target and allowed England to go one up in the five-match series.
The second Test begins at Lord’s on August 9.

Here are some of the trolls:

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