India vs Leicestershire: Did Virat Kohli try to imitate Joe Root’s bat-balancing act?


All eyes were on Virat Kohli as the former India skipper drew cheers from fans at the Uptonsteel County Ground in Leicester as Rohit Sharma’s India side took on Leicestershire Foxes in a four-day training match before facing England.

The Men in Blue will face the Three Lions for a one-off Test match, the rescheduled fifth Test which was due to be played last year but had to be postponed due to a covid scare in the Indian camp.

In order to properly acclimatize to English conditions, India faced the Foxes and it was Kohli who once again grabbed the spotlight.

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The 33-year-old came out at bat early but stayed in the middle for quite a while, showing fans his famous cover drive and a variety of shots, but that wasn’t the only thing that won his fans over. Kohli appeared to play with his bat, which reminded fans of a magic trick English drummer Joe Root pulled off recently.

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In England’s first Test against New Zealand, the former skipper appeared to hold his bat upright, on its own. What’s amazing is that the whole incident was caught on camera and netizens couldn’t believe how Root pulled off the witchcraft.

At first glance, Kohli was also trying to pull off a Joe Root magic trick against Leicestershire, but his bat slanted towards the legendary hitter as soon as he left the grip.

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Here is a viral video of the incident:

Unfortunately for Kohli, his inning was cut short by Roman Walker after the former India skipper scored 33 points. Earlier at Tea, India was 175 for seven thanks to Walker’s fife.



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