As Test cricket returned to Hyderabad after a six-year hiatus, fans flocked to the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium for the first day of the IND vs ENG 1st Test. England opted to bat first, facing early setbacks from R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Despite this, skipper Ben Stokes’s aggressive 70-run innings guided England to a total of 246 runs.
Virat Kohli’s Fan Touched Rohit Sharma’s Feet in Hyderabad Test
While Virat Kohli was absent from the game due to undisclosed personal reasons, his influence was evident. Fans passionately chanted Kohli’s name throughout the day. A unique incident unfolded when a spectator, sporting Virat Kohli’s jersey, entered the field and touched Rohit Sharma’s feet before India’s innings began.
Quick Intervention and Rohit’s Smile
Team India staff promptly intervened, removing the fan from the field. Rohit Sharma, seemingly noticing ‘Virat’ written on the intruder’s shirt, responded with a smile as the situation was brought under control.
Kohli’s Absence and Replacement
Virat Kohli, missing from the first two Tests, left a void in the squad. The upcoming matches in Vizag, Rajkot, Ranchi, and Dharamshala are still on the schedule. While Kohli will miss the Vizag Test, expectations are high for his return in the remaining three games. R Patidar, Kohli’s RCB teammate, was named as his replacement, but Srikar Bharat took the field in the first Test.
In conclusion, the IND vs ENG 1st Test not only showcased cricketing action but also featured a memorable fan moment, emphasizing the enduring fan craze for Virat Kohli.