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Video: Virat Kohli loses his calm on Ben Stokes in pink-ball Test

There has never been an instance where Indian captain Virat Kohli hid his raw emotion. He is someone who loves to express himself and that’s his true self. Kohli is an aggressive and animated character by nature without a second thought.

The 32-year-old athlete reacts to every single activity that happens on and off the cricket field. A match without drama is a very rare phenomenon these days. Over the years, matches involving Indian cricket have witnessed several incidents on the field. 

Most of the time, Indian captain Virat Kohli hogged the limelight for venting out his frustration. This basically occurs when a decision goes against the Indian team’s favor. Even during the first Test match against England, Kohli made the headlines for losing his cool at on-field umpire Nitin Menon.

The drama unfolded when the umpire failed to warn Jofra Archer as the latter ran straight down the middle of the pitch. Meanwhile, the Indian captain threatened Nitin Menon as the former was heard saying “Oye Menon! he’s (Archer) running in the middle of the pitch.”

Virat Kohli loses his calm on Stokes

Video: Virat Kohli loses his calm on Ben Stokes in pink-ball Test

England all-rounder Ben Stokes found himself in a controversy after he claimed that he took a clean catch of Shubman Gill. However, as per the TV replay, all-rounder Stokes didn’t take a clean catch as the pink ball touched the ground.

The incident happened during the second over of the game when Gill got an inside edge off Stuart Broad’s bowling. As it turned out, the ball traveled towards the slip cordon where Ben Stokes was patrolling the region.

Ben Stokes took the catch in both hands. Going by the initial impression, it did look like Stokes took a complete catch. However, the TV replay showed otherwise. There were no fingers below the ball as the object clearly made a contact with the grass.

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The third umpire gave his judgement upon viewing the replay in varied angles. After that, he came to the conclusion that it is ‘not out’. Meanwhile, Stokes and others were unhappy with the decision adding that the catch was ‘clean’. 

At that time, Virat Kohli, who was sitting at the bench released his emotions. He gave an animated reaction to England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ catch. The video clip of the same is doing the rounds on social media platforms. However, Jofra Archer brought his bowling skills to the forefront and dismissed Shubman Gill for 11.

Team India win the pink-ball Test

Indian spinners Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin combined together to dismantle England’s batting line-up. Axar Patel who took 7 wickets in his debut match against England in the second Test continued to weave the magic with the ball.

The 27-year-old spinner ran riot as he took his second five-wicket haul in Tests. After that, he went on to take one more wicket as he ended up with 6/38. On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin accounted for 3 dismissals to his name. As a result, England was all out for just 112. Zak Crawley top-scored with 53 (10 fours).

In reply, Team India responded pretty decently without any sign of nervousness. Rohit Sharma who scored 161 in the second Test went on to score 66. After that, India lost wickets like a pack of cards. They were bowled out for 145. In reply, England was bowled out for just 81. As a result, they set a target of just 49 for the hosts. India chased down the target by 10 wickets with the help of Rohit Sharma and Shubmna Gill and took a 2-1 lead in the series.


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