Virat Kohli knows exactly how to get the best out of Mohammed Shami. The India skipper, who was at his energetic best on the field on Day 1 of the 1st Test against Bangladesh in Indore on Thursday, was seen reacting to chants of ‘Kohli, Kohli’ from the crowd by telling the crowd to cheer for Shami instead.
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Shami reacted to this gesture by taking two wickets in two balls and destroying the resistance being put up by the Bangladesh middle order.
The incident happened just before the Tea break, at a time when Mushfiqur Rahim was leading the Bangladesh charge. Kohli seemed to tell the crowd: “Why are you saying my name? Cheer for Shami, he is the one bowling.”
Shami knocked Mushfiqur’s stumps off with an inswinger and then castled Mehidy Hasan with a similar ball off the very next delivery. The visitors suddenly found themselves reeling at the Tea break. They were eventually all out for 150, with the formalities being completed after the Tea break.
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Kohli is often seen interacting with the crowd in a similar fashion in Tests in India, most often in the concluding parts of sessions, when the energy levels threaten to drop in the field and in the stands.