WTC Final: Fans cheer Virat Kohli with special chant over Queen’s popular track ‘We will rock you’
At stumps on Day 2, Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 44 off 124 deliveries.
Updated - Jun 20, 2021 11:05 am
While Day 1 of the much-awaited ICC World Test Championship final got entirely washed out due to rain, fans witnessed a significant amount of action on the second day. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The decision was a no-brainer, with the green track offering assistance to the fast bowlers. However, Indian batsmen showed remarkable resilience in the challenging conditions and made the Kiwis work hard.
Openers Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma added 62 runs for the first wicket, and India were on the roll. However, the Kiwis bounced back and dismissed both openers in quick succession. The ever-dependable Cheteshwar Pujara also walked back after scoring just eight runs. Nevertheless, skipper Virat Kohli took the matter into his own hands and brought the Indian innings back on track.
The 32-year-old played most of the deliveries on the merit and never really looked in any sort of discomfort. He joined forces with his deputy Ajinkya Rahane, and the duo made sure India doesn’t lose any more wickets till the end of day’s play. At stumps, Kohli was unbeaten on 44 off 124 deliveries and earned accolades from different parts.
Bharat Army cheers Virat Kohli
His special effort also was celebrated by a group of Indian fans present in the stadium. Showing their love for the Indian skipper, the Bharat Army members came up with a chant on Virat Kohli by improvising Queen’s popular song “We will rock you.” The lyrics reflected Kohli’s passion for the game and his knack of giving bowlers a hard time. The International Cricket Council (ICC) shared the video of the chant.
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— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) June 19, 2021
Meanwhile, India were 146/3 at the end of Day 2, and they won’t be eyeing anything less than 300 on the track. Kohli and Rahane need to convert their starts into big scores before passing the baton to Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja. However, the task won’t be easy as the track still has a lot of assistance for pacers, and the Kiwi bowlers know how to exploit these conditions. Hence, fans should buckle to witness some exciting contest between the red cherry and the willow.