The ongoing Test series between India and England has seen its fair share of drama, and it continued in the fourth and final Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. There was a heated discussion between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and England all-rounder Ben Stokes in the first session on the first day. The umpires had to intervene and separate the two.
The incident happened after the England all-rounder had just come into bat, with Mohammed Siraj having dismissed Joe Root.
Siraj, on the final ball of the same over that he trapped Root leg-before, fired in a bouncer, following which Stokes said something to the seamer.
Kohli soon came in to have a word with the all-rounder and his batting partner Jonny Bairstow. While Kohli was seen laughing at the start, the conversation continued for a while to a heated exchange of words. The umpire tried to separate the two, even signalling an invisible wall between them.
The banter carried on, as later, the Indian captain was heard telling Pant to keep the chatter up while Stokes was batting.
The discussion went on between Stokes and Kohli, but just when it looked like matters may escalate, umpires Nitin Menon and Virender Sharma intervened and separated the two.
This is not the first instance of Kohli acting animated on the field. During the second Test, as Joe Root survived a close LBW call close to stumps on Day 2, an unimpressed Kohli walked towards Menon and had a lengthy discussion with the umpire, reacting rather heatedly before walking back to his fielding position shaking his head. Former England cricketer David Lloyd slammed the Indian captain, saying if it had been some other sport, Kohli would have been banned from the next game.
England won the toss and opted to bat, but India soon had their first breakthrough as a rampant Axar Patel struck with his second delivery of the match to remove Dom Sibley.
Sibley’s opening partner Crawley tried to counter the spin menace by being aggressive, but miscued an aerial shot to mid-off.
Siraj, playing in place of Jasprit Bumrah, then got the big wicket of Joe Root to put England to the sword.