Keaton Jennings in no mood to complain about Virat Kohli’s celebration
The India captain reminded Joe Root of his ‘mic-drop’ after running the England skipper out at Edgbaston.
Virat Kohli may have risked censure for his ‘send-off’ celebration after running out Joe Root – but England opener Keaton Jennings sees no reason to complain about the India captain.
Kohli did not hold back, after his direct-hit throw on the turn ran Root out for 80 and broke his fourth-wicket stand of 104 with Jonny Bairstow (70) in England’s 285 for nine on day one of the Specsavers series at Edgbaston.
Kohli blew his opposite number a kiss, put his finger to his mouth, appeared to summon some choice words – and also reminded Root of his own ‘mic-drop’ gesture after his second successive century had clinched last month’s one-day international series.
Root admitted to immediate regret at dropping his bat to the floor at Headingley, and Kohli appeared more than happy to reference it as the Yorkshireman’s departure kick-started the loss of six wickets for 67 in the evening session at the start of England’s 1,000th Test.
Jennings had earlier helped Root put on 72 for the second wicket, but was long back in the pavilion by the time the captain was short of his ground answering Bairstow’s improbable call for a second run to midwicket.
“Everybody is entitled to celebrate how they want to,” said Jennings.
“He celebrated, and that’s cool.”
Here comes the breakthrough.— BCCI (@BCCI) August 1, 2018
There was never a two there as Bairstow goes for the tip and run. A superb chase and throw on the turn from Kohli and it's a bullseye at the bowler's end.
Root departs for 80. England 217/4. pic.twitter.com/RCs2nPwUcX
It remains to be seen whether match referee Jeff Crowe takes the same view.
As for relations between Root and Bairstow, Jennings confirmed no hard feelings – despite the former’s obvious annoyance at losing his wicket through little fault of his own, again short of an elusive 14th Test hundred.
The opener said: “It’s fine. That’s cricket … it’s based on human error. Whether it was a mix-up, I don’t know, I wasn’t in the middle.It’s down to them to shake hands, have a beer tonight and sort it out.”
Asked if England were disappointed with their close-of-play score, Jennings said: “Yes and no.
“It has been a little bit of a missed opportunity for us.
“But then you look, after 85 overs with an old ball, there still seems to be quite a lot of lateral movment.
“Day one, you look at the amount of movement there has been from the seamers all day … Virat didn’t take the second new ball, and the ball was still going sideways.
“So from our point of view, we’ve got [nearly] 300 on the board – and if we can come out and be pretty relentless tomorrow, you don’t actually know what a good score is until both sides have batted.”