Former India skipper Virat Kohli attempted to balance his bat just like Joe Root during the warm-up game between India and Leicestershire. The run-machine drew the biggest cheer from the crowd on the day when he walked out to bat at the Grace Road.
Kohli spent a considerable time in the middle and batted patiently for 69 deliveries before getting dismissed. The batter scored 33 runs, including four boundaries and a single maximum during the warm-up game.
Not only did Virat Kohli entertain the crowd with his couple of exquisite cover drives and a brilliant pull shot off the teammate Prasidh Krishna, but he could also be seen trying to imitate Joe Root’s ‘magic trick’ of balancing the bat.
Virat Kohli tries to pull off Joe Root’s magic trick
Recently, in the fourth innings of the first Test against New Zealand, Joe Root made his bat stand on its own at the non-striker’s end. On Thursday, Kohli tried to repeat the same while standing at the non-batting end. However, unlike Joe Root, Virat Kohli failed to balance his bat as his willow leaned towards him as soon he took his hand off the bat’s handle.
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In case you don’t know, India and Leicestershire are currently squaring off in a four-day warm-up game at the Grace Road, Leicestershire. The Indian team are looking to get much-needed practice and trying to get accustomed to the English conditions ahead of the rescheduled Test against England.
Batting first after winning the toss, India had a tough start as the visitors lost both openers for 50 runs. India then lost wickets regularly to be reduced to 55/4. Virat Kohli tried to hold the one end for his team before he was adjudged LBW.
The wicketkeeper-batter KS Bharat played a brilliant unbeaten knock of 70 runs to save India from the embarrassment. At the end of day one’s play, the visitors are 246/8 as Mohammad Shami is present on the crease alongside KS Bharat.