Kohli-Crowe

Ahead of the third day’s play of the first India vs England Test at Edgbaston, match referee Jeff Crowe spoke to Virat Kohli, informally, regarding his behaviour on the field.

According to a report in Sky Sports, Kohli might have been spoken about his exuberant celebration and behaviour after his excellent fielding and a direct-hit resulted in England captain Joe Root being run-out on 80 on Day 1. Kohli’s mic-drop celebration – a retaliation to Root dropping his bat in after hitting the winning runs that sealed the preceding ODI series against India – made the worldwide headlines.

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The India captain scored a terrific maiden Test ton in difficult circumstances on England soil to lead his team’s reply.

However, former England captain Mike Artherton was irritated by the decision to discipline Kohli ahead of the start of the day’s play. He said what the 29-year-old did after Root’s dismissal isn’t something that should come under the scanner as he did not confront his counterpart nor he abused him on his face, terming it as an “instinctive reaction, away from the action.”

“It really irritates me, this. I think there are more important things to think about than worrying about that,” Artherton said on Sky Sports ahead of the start of the play on Friday. “We’ve had two days of great Test cricket and this was not someone stood in the face of a batsman and abusing him and sending him off. It was a kind of instinctive reaction, away from the action.”