It was eye-opening to watch Kohli bat, says Curran

Indian skipper Virat Kohli on the second day of the first Test match between India and England showed the crowd at Edgbaston why he is considered the best batsman in the world.

Kohli struggled in the first half off the innings, but he saw that period through and transformed into a colossal figure taking his team very close to England's first innings score.

"It was an easy drop with Kohli on 21".

England swing bowler Sam Curran took three wickets in eight balls before lunch - removing Murali Vijay (20), Lokesh Rahul (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (26) - to reduce India to 3-59, before the tourists were given a testing first hour of the afternoon session against a ball that swung around.

Root tried to steal a second run off Ravichandran Ashwin but Kohli ran quickly, picked up the ball and threw it in one swift motion to knock down the stumps with a direct hit.

Curran said that Kohli's 57-run partnership with Ishant Sharma frustrated the hosts but they will try to fight back on day three.

"I'm only in my second game, but I think it was a little eye-opener for me, watching the way he bats and how precise you've got to be with your lengths (to him)". I thought it was quite amusing."He added: "I'm sure within the five-match series there will be plenty of that stuff going on. We have to bat big and put India under pressure".

India, 76 for three at lunch, lost their next two wickets on 100 with Ajinkya Rahane (15) caught in the slips off Stokes before the all-rounder bowled Dinesh Karthik for a duck. I can't really remember it. "It's a great learning curve".

India were in bother at 182-8 but Kohli shepherded the strike expertly and led his side to 274 all out, trailing by just 13 on first innings.

Kohli did struggle early on in the innings and was nearly dismissed on two occasions, the second one being a dropped catch by Dawid Malan in the slip cordon when Kohli was batting on 21.

Kohli swooped on the ball and beat Root's dive at the non-striker's end with a pinpoint shy, before mimicking Root's own actions in the decisive ODI at Headingley last month, when he marked his series-winning century with a rapper-style "mic-drop" of his bat.

While all the focus was on the James Anderson-Virat Kohli's showdown, this moment could be the second-best moment of the day.

At stumps, England were 9 for 1 in their second innings with an overall lead of 22 runs. "It makes for a very entertaining series, so we'll see how things pan out over the course of the five Test matches".

  • Julie Sanders