English off-spinner Dom Bess sent Twitter in a swirl as he dismissed India’s captain and vice-captain, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, in consecutive overs. He became the first spinner to dismiss the pair on Indian soil since December 2017.
Virat Kohli, coming off a two-month-long break, played more defensive than usual for his 11. The pitch was playing tricks and the ball showed massive turn every now and then. Dom Bess, on his part, kept on bowling straight deliveries to extract purchase from the rough outside the off-stump.
On the fourth delivery of the 24th over, Bess looped the delivery wide of the off-stump and enticed Kohli to play at it. The skipper took the bait and went for a hard push only to give a catch off his inside edge to short leg.
Ajinkya Rahane replaced Virat Kohli on the crease, but his stint also didn’t last or long. He played five balls, all defensive strokes before advancing on the sixth to hit an uppish drive to the left of the cover. England skipper Joe Root intervened with a breath-taking catch and sent the vice-captain packing.
Twitterati wasn’t pleased with the batting from two of India’s most experienced campaigners. Following are the best of the reactions.
Kohli and Rahane gone. Hope an amicable solution is reached.#INDvsENG
— Jagan (@_Jagan_) February 7, 2021
@imVkohli what a dismal performance by you… shouldn’t you be taking time off and work on your short comings??
— Subrata Panda (@spanda69) February 7, 2021
— Tushar Jadhav (@tusharrjadhav) February 7, 2021
Horrible batting display by top order batsmen Kohli and Rahane. What a bowling by Eng bowlers!!!
— V Subramaniam (@VSubram50920947) February 7, 2021
— Harsh Bindal (@Harsh_Bindal) February 7, 2021
— Truebae ak 🐼 (@MissPanda241) February 7, 2021
King Kohli is already back to pavilion.
Once a legend said,
“Kohli nhi hota tujhse chase” 👀😂#INDvsENG
— PakistaniCricketfan1 (@PCricketfan1) February 7, 2021
Kya kya sapna tha… Rohit 200 Kohli 200….700 runs baneyenge.. Aur day 5 mai 2 sessions mai ashwin aur bumrah inke watt laga denge…
— Rohan (@Rohan27493314) February 7, 2021
— gaurav sharma (@GauravSharmath) February 7, 2021
The decline of @imVkohli has started. Save this tweet.
— abhishek bhutani (@bhishekbhutani) February 7, 2021
We want Aggressive Virat back
— Rahil (@Rahil_18_) February 7, 2021
India is nothing but an ordinary team and I hope England beats them to a spot in that WTC final – Kohli is an arrogant overrated player and captain #INDvENG
— El Magnifico (@VishnChipz) February 7, 2021
Aab kya har wicket girne par Trend hoga? Started with Rohit , Gill, Kohli and Now Rahane 🤔 #INDvENG
— सिद्धांत | سدھانت (@Siddhant01) February 7, 2021
— Niru (@NiruSinghIn) February 7, 2021
Kohli hasn’t been too impressive against the spin lately. Swepson, Zampa and now Bess #INDvENG
— Trident (@Indian_Brigade) February 7, 2021
Like Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, India’s openers also gifted away their wickets on Sunday. Rohit Sharma was the first to depart for six runs, after he poked on a rising delivery by Jofra Archer.
Shubman Gill batted elegantly for his 29 but couldn’t control his instincts and drove an easy delivery in the air. 38-year-old James Anderson dived like a teenager to grab the catch at mid-on.
The onus is again on India’s batting heroes from their tour Down Under – Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant. The target is massive and it will require a momentous effort from the duo if India needs to save this game from this position.