Virat Kohli proved how central he is to the survival of Test cricket on day five at the Oval on Monday. As India hunted for wickets with England seemingly stable at 100-0, he involved the crowd more and more as the hosts crumbled to 147-6. By the time Moeen Ali had departed inside edging to short leg off the bowling of Ravi Jadeja, there was a full-blown party atmosphere at the ground as the substantial Indian contingent dominated the noise-making amongst the crowd. Kohli again showed his unmatched ability to engage viewers with a format he adds more vivacity to than any other.
Images like this reinforce why this format is the ultimate. Love the celebration from the little girl as well. Makes my heart ♥ï¸ melt knowing that the next generation is falling in love with Test cricket. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/AnM9wi15h2
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) September 6, 2021