Birmingham - England captain Joe Root said the controversial
send-off he received from India skipper Virat Kohli after being run out on the
opening day of the first Test at Edgbaston was "quite funny" and
added to the "theatre of the game".
England had been well-placed at 216 for three, with Root
seemingly on course to score a first Test century since his 136 against the
West Indies during last year's day/night clash at Edgbaston.
But his 11th Test fifty without a hundred since that innings
ended in frustrating fashion when, with Yorkshire team-mate Jonny Bairstow calling
him for a tight second run, he was run out for 80 by Kohli's direct hit from
It was also the finish of a stand worth 104 and the start of
a collapse that saw England lose six wickets for 67 runs on the way to a stumps
score of 285 for nine.
Kohli rubbed salt into the wound by blowing kisses in the
direction of Root and putting his finger to his lips.
He also did the 'mic drop' gesture in imitation of Root's
celebration of his one-day series-clinching hundred against India at
Meanwhile the words Kohli appeared to utter in Root's
direction after the run out could yet lead to action by match referee Jeff
Crowe, the former New Zealand captain.
"I didn't see it at the time but I saw it last
night," Root told BBC Radio's Test Match Special in an interview broadcast
"It actually adds to the theatre of the game. It's good
to have those little moments within things. I thought it was quite funny."
He added: "I'm sure within the five-match series there
will be plenty of that stuff going on. It adds to the whole drama of this
Asked if Kohli's celebration would fire England up, Root
replied: "We'll have to wait and see. I can't see it becoming an issue
throughout this game or moving forward.
"But it makes entertaining cricket for everyone to
watch, which is exactly what you want in Test cricket."
As for the run-out itself, the England skipper refused to
blame Bairstow, saying: "It's no-one's fault in particular.
"You could probably say we were both at fault. There's
no hard feelings between me and Jonny."
England's first innings lasted just 10 balls into Thursday's
second day, with the hosts adding a mere two runs before they were dismissed
for 287 in what is their 1 000th Test.