On Monday, Day 5 at Lord’s, as India pushed for the win, skipper Virat Kohli was all serious, as manifested by his own pep talk in the team huddle before walking out. He remained relentlessly aggressive and in the face of each English batsmen.
Despite that, he found time to have some lighter moments with wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant as India attained a dominant position nipping out England batsmen one by one.
In one incident caught on video, Virat Kohli was playing with a hand chain, juggling it from one hand to the other. He then put it on Pant’s right ear as the ‘keeper stood still. It was only after Virat Kohli took it out the youngster realised that the skipper was having fun with him.
Watch: Virat Kohli Has Fun With Rishabh Pant On Day 5 Of Lord’s Test:
India inch towards victory as England lose five wickets
At the time of writing, England’s score is 75/5 in 30 overs of their second innings with 30 still remaining, given the light permits. This was after India had put a daunting target of 272 in front of the hosts courtesy of an 89-run 9th wicket stand between tailenders Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. Bumrah remained unbeaten on 34 and Shami on 56.
Both of them then dented England further with wickets of the openers with the new ball. As a partnership was building up, albeit small, between skipper Joe Root and Haseeb Hameed, Ishant Sharma dismissed the latter and Jonny Bairstow right before Tea.
Third ball into the final session, and Bumrah once again got rid of Joe Root, who has been the thorn in India’s side so far this series. While England do bat deep, India’s bowling attack – four pacers and Ravindra Jadeja – won’t give them any breathing space. The hosts are hoping for bad light or rain to come to their aid now.