Indian captain Virat Kohli is a complete entertainer both with the bat and as a leader on the field. He is known to get the crowd involved in the game and get them hyped up to get them going as well. Things were a bit different in the first Test match between India and England in Chennai, which was played behind closed doors with no crowd.
However, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) got permission from the BCCI and the state government to bring in crowds and the second Test saw the return of 50% crowd in the stadium giving the much needed backing the home side required after being 0-1 down in the four-match series and needing to win this encounter.
Virat Kohli Wants The Crowd To Make Some Noise And Starts With The ‘Whistle Podu’
The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai is the home to IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) led by MS Dhoni and their tagline is ‘whistle podu’. The CSK fans take to whistling during the promos and interviews to show support to the franchise and Virat Kohli decided to tap into that emotion as well.
Kohli, during the little partnership between Ben Foakes and Ollie Pope, realized that the crowd had gotten quiet and decided to ask them to make some noise and started by asking the crowd to clap and cheer for the bowlers. He then went whistle podu much to the happiness of the Chennai spectators and when they reacted, Kohli asked them to be louder and whistled harder.
India made 329 runs in their first innings, thanks to a late burst by Rishabh Pant, who remained unbeaten on 58*. Moeen Ali picked four wickets for England. However, England’s start to their first innings proved to be a dud, as they lost the opener, Rory Burns, in the first over itself to Ishant Sharma. Then Ravichandran Ashwin decided to weave his magic, accounting for Dom Sibley (16), Dan Lawrence (9), and Ben Stokes (16).
On the other hand, Axar Patel got the huge wicket of Joe Root for 6 to pick his maiden scalp in Test cricket, and then Rishabh Pant took a brilliant catch of Ollie Pope down the leg side off Mohammed Siraj to leave England 87/6.
Here is the video of Virat Kohli hyping up the Chennai crowd:
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