Netizens blame Virat Kohli after India lose to England in 5th Test at Edgbaston

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Tuesday, July 05, 2022, 05:48 PM IST
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Team India were outplayed on the final day as England cruised to a historic win over Jasprit Bumrah & Co in the fifth Test at Edgbaston and netizens blamed former skipper Virat Kohli for the loss.

Joe Root slammed his 11th Test century since 2021 while Bairstow hit his second of the rescheduled Test as England defeated India by seven wickets on Day 5 of the match.

Resuming from 259/3, Root (142 not out off 173 balls) and Bairstow (114 not out off 145 balls) achieved the required 119 runs in an hour and a half to tie the series being played for the Pataudi Trophy 2-2 and deny India their first series victory in England since 2007. The successful chase of 378 is also the highest they have chased ever in Test cricket.

But India's downfall started on the third day itself, Kohli had something to say to Bairstow about his 'play and miss' game but the England batter wasn't someone to take it lightly. At one point, the umpires had to intervene to cool down tempers.

Bairstow appeared to get fired up by the altercation and went on to score 106 off 140 balls.

Bairstow's century was the cornerstone of England's 284 in reply to India's 416, a first-innings deficit of 132 runs for the hosts.

And Twitterati felt that had Kohli not poked Bairstow, India could have won the match and clinched the series.

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