India’s warm-up fixture vs Leicester: Star batter Virat Kohli tried to make his bat stand like former England skipper Joe Root without any support but failed to recreate the trick.
Watch: Virat Kohli tried to make his bat stand like Joe Root (Reuters Photo)
- Virat Kohli tried to copy a trick from former England skipper Joe Root’s magic book
- Root had successfully managed to balance his bat stand without any support
- Kohli was caught trying to replicate the trick while standing at the non-striker’s end
Former captain Virat Kohli tried to copy a trick from former England skipper Joe Root’s magic book during India’s warm-up fixture against Leicester on Thursday but failed to do so. Notably, after Joe Root successfully managed to balance his bat without any support, Kohli attempted to pull off the same ‘magic’ but failed to do so.
Root had successfully managed to balance his bat stand without any support at the non-strikers for a few seconds during the fourth innings of England’s first Test against New Zealand. Kohli was caught trying to replicate the trick while standing at the non-striker’s end on Thursday. But, unlike Root, the bat promptly leaned towards him as soon as he took his hand off.
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Meanwhile, Root is on the cusp of surpassing Virat Kohli in the elite list of batsmen with the most centuries in Test cricket. Both Root and Kohli have struck 27 hundred in the Test cricket. Kohli has struggled for a three-figure mark since 2019 and has batted for over 100 innings without scoring a century.
As the two teams are gearing up for the fixture, Joe Root is eyeing to leapfrog Virat Kohli and Steve Smith in an elite list. With 27 tons in 119 Tests, Root sits at the 17th spot with Kohli, Smith, former South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Australia’s Allan Border in the list of most centuries in Test cricket.
Root has scored centuries in both the Tests in the ongoing series. In the opening game, he scored a crucial 115 in the chase of the target of 277. And in the 2nd Test, he breached the 150-run mark and was dismissed for 176. England have left behind the timid, conservative approach that led to them going 2-1 down in the five-Test series before the last game was postponed.