Cricket India captain Virat Kohli mocks Joe Root after England collapse

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Virat Kohli intensified the rivalry with his opposite number Joe Root by mocking the England captain after running him out with a direct hit on the first day of the first Test at Edgbaston.

Joe Root of England leaves the field after being run out by Virat Kohli during the 1st Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Edgbaston on August 1, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Kohli blew kisses in Root's direction before mimicking his "mic drop" as a send-off.

While his accompanying comments may have included some swearing - and the International Cricket Council is cracking down on player behaviour - there appeared to be little evidence by which the match referee, Jeff Crowe, could hand down a disciplinary charge given Kohli's distance from the stump microphones and on-field officials.

England had been well-placed at 216 for three, with Root seemingly on course to score a first Test century since his 136 against the West Indies during last year´s day/night clash at Edgbaston.

When England do take to the field, much of the focus will be on Kohli.

England's Keaton Jennings looked to play down the incident after stumps - "Everybody is entitled to celebrate how they want to".

As has often been the case, a needless dismissal was also the spark for a collapse.

Root's run out was the first of three wickets to fall in the space of four overs as Bairstow then departed to a loose stroke, looking to cut a delivery too close to his body, and Buttler played round a straight one from Ashwin to be dismissed for a duck.

R Ashwin was the star for India with figures of 4-60.

England will look to at least breach the 300-run mark tomorrow morning (local time) when James Anderson and Sam Curran resume their innings, although India have done the damage in the first day and will be hoping to take a considerable lead when they come out to bat later in the day.

At lunch, England were 83 for one.

Mohammad Shami, surprisingly denied the new ball by Kohli, did trouble both of England's second-wicket duo outside their respective off-stumps without taking a wicket in the opening session of this five-match series.

Malan, who survived an lbw appeal from Ashwin, was then leg before to Shami as he played back. "Having batted with him today, he's taught me a hell of a lot, which is awesome, just to watch a master at his work", he said.

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