Joe Root reacts to Virat Kohli's celebration after running him out

England v India: Specsavers 1st Test - Day One

It's fair to say that top-ranked sports professionals are at the height of their chosen sport due to a number of factors.

Commitment is a given. Talent and skill, equally required to propel someone to the zenith in sport. Competitiveness, ruthlessness and almost obsessive self-belief - separate the greats from the good.

India's Virat Kohli and England's Joe Root are undeniably 'greats' of cricket. They have talent to burn, are committed without doubt, but equally, possess that firebrand competitive streak that is viewed as sledging in many quarters.

When Kohli's fielding brilliance at Edgbaston yesterday, ended Joe Root's first dig at the crease on day one of the first Test, fans of the game appreciated the brilliance of Kohli's skill and athleticism. 

The blazer brigade were less impressed with Kohli's 'mockery' of Root as he departed. 

His innings yesterday saw Root become the fastest England batsman to pass 6,000 runs, before being unfortunately being run out for 80.

As he walked off, Kohli blew kisses to the Englishman, before mimicking his 'mic' drop.

The India captain was referencing Root's century celebration against India during the ODI series earlier this summer when Root dropped his bat.

At the time, Root stated that his mic-drop' celebration was "the most embarrassing thing I've done on a cricket field". 

And although Kohli's theatrics yesterday were a blatant taunt at Root's expense, the England captain has tried to play down any potential animosity.

"I actually didn’t see it in the middle but I obviously saw it last night," he said, per The Metro. "I think it adds to the spectacle of Test cricket, gives the game a bit of humour."

England v India: Specsavers 1st Test - Day One

Root added, "It makes it a very interesting series, that’s for sure. Let’s see how things pan out over the course of the Test series."

On achieving the 6,000 run milestone Root said, "I am proud of that."

"That’s five years of hard work. Hopefully there’s plenty more to come."

On his run out with Bairstow, Root added, "No-one does anything like that on purpose. I could and should have said no. There’s no hard feelings and at least we’ve got a score on the board."

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