It is no hidden fact that the Indian captain, Virat Kohli is a very animated person and likes to express himself freely whether on or off the field. On Monday, as India grinded the England bowlers and fielders, he was once again seen in his jolly mood.
It’s always fun to watch the tailenders bat, especially the pacers. And on Day 3 of the ongoing Test match between India and England, it was Ishant Sharma, who with a boundary, brought the Indian dressing room to laughter.
Ishant Sharma, batting at number 10, took 15 balls to get off the mark in India’s second innings as he defended the balls in order to help Ravichandran Ashwin, on the other end, get his hundred. A couple of balls later, the lanky pacer decided to get some runs of himself as well.
He skipped down the track into the rough against Moeen Ali to hit the spinner over the in-field for a boundary through to mid-wicket; Sharma couldn’t connect it from the middle, otherwise, it could have been a maximum.
The dressing room really enjoyed it very much – so much that Virat Kohli stood up, laughed, and applauded the shot from the pacer. Even the England captain, Joe Root, had a smile on his face.
Ishant Sharma got out for 7 runs in the next over from Jack Leach to an attempted sweep. Unlike the shot against Moeen Ali, which was with the turn, against Leach, who spins the ball away from him, Sharma tried to sweep against the turn and top-edged it to Olly Stone on the leg side.
India has set the visitors a target of 482 runs after fifty from Kohli and a hundred from R Ashwin.