After the first Test, England captain, Joe Root hasn’t had the best of the times as a batsman and a skipper as his side is inching closer to a series loss after taking a lead in the first game. However, on the third day of the fourth and the last Test, Root could afford a smile when Indian skipper, Virat Kohli’s throw hit him on the delicate region – not intentional from Kohli though.
As Joe Root and England were batting to take some positive out of the game in their second innings, in the 18th over, he played a delivery from Axar Patel to the point where the ever-electric Virat Kohli was fielding.
With the batsman already stationed in the crease, the Indian captain threw the ball to Rishabh Pant – but missed the stumps completely. The ball hit the pitch on the bounce; Pant was hindered by Joe Root standing his ground, of course, and not leaving the crease lest he could be run-out. The ball on hitting the turf bounced more than normal and struck the England skipper on his groin.
Root was captured holding his groin, and embarrassingly said, “Virat, come on man.” There were a few smiles around as both the captains fist-bumped and the matter was put to bed.
Watch Virat Kohli mistakenly hits Joe Root on the groin:
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Speaking of the game, while India was bowled out for 365 in the first session on Saturday, England themselves too lost wickets in a flurry, once again surrendering to the spin duo of Axar Patel and R Ashwin.
By Tea on Day 3, the visitors are 6 down on the score of 91 in their second innings and were still 69 runs away from India’s first-innings lead and the hosts are marching towards another dominating home Test series victory – India hasn’t lost a Test series at home since 2013.