“We Will Rock You”? No, it’s now “Virat Kohli, Virat Kohli” which was resonating at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Day 2, Saturday, of the ongoing World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand.
It was none other than The Bharat Army – a group of Indian cricket team fans who travel around the world to support the side – who were singing their newly remaked song, to cheer the Indian captain, on the tune of the iconic “We Will Rock You” from a London-based world-renowned Rock-band, Queen.
“Kohli is a boy making big noise when he picks the bat he will take on the world these days. Blue is in his veins, fashion that raze, smashing New Zealand all over the place,” is the remaked song of the Bharat Army to motivate their charismatic skipper.
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Virat Kohli leads India’s batting from the front on an evenly poised day
The score of 146/3 at the end of the truncated Day 2, shortened due to bad light after the entire Day 1 was washed out, where 64.4 overs were bowled, suggest a game hanging in balance, as both teams traded punches. Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane remain unbeaten by the early call of stumps.
Inserted in to bat first by Kane Williamson in tremendously challenging conditions, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, both opening for the first time in England in Test cricket, were terrific in their attack and defence to put on a 62-run opening stand making the Kiwi bowlers toil for 20 overs for their first wicket.
However, when the first came, that of Sharma, Gill too departed soon; Cheteshwar Pujara was the third to fall to a lowly score of 8 runs.
With the ball moving prodigiously, New Zealand had the game by the scruff of the neck, and a little mistake by either Kohli or Rahane could have proven fatal for the side. But, the two senior batsmen bided themselves in, Virat Kohli in particular hit just one boundary in his 44* so far, while the vice-captain has stroked four fours in his 29*.