Dharamsala: Being injured did not stop skipper Virat Kohli from being there for his boys on the field as they took on Australia in the fourth deciding Test in Dharamsala today.
During the drinks break, Kohli could be seen trotting out onto the field laden with drinks for his teammates, which earned him a resounding applause from the stadium and the commentators went gaga.
“Look at who has got the ‘paani’ for everybody.12th man Virat Kohli,” said former Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar.
Former Australia pacer Brett Lee, who is also commentating quipped saying, “this is fantastic. He must be the most expensive drinks man in the world!”
The development caught the internet by storm and the love began to pour in on Twitter from fans and cricketers alike.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 25, 2017
— Troll Cricket (@TrollCricket3) March 25, 2017
Love your work Virat Kohli. Running drinks out and talking to youngsters at fine leg. What great in the history of the game wld do that?
— Rodney Hogg (@RMHogg) March 25, 2017
Then Sachin Tendulkar was carrying drinks for his team mates in Bangalore Test v AUS. (in2004) (due to tennis elbow)
Today Virat Kohli … pic.twitter.com/ewhOpfWpGd
— Virat Kohli (@RoyalViratian) March 25, 2017
Kohli also made a second entry into the field later with drinks and was seen having a few words with debutant Kuldeep Yadav, who had just scalped the wicket of David Warner.
Australia were 131 for 1 against India in their fourth cricket Test at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, at lunch.
Opener Warner, 54 and Captain Smith, 72 were at crease. For India, Umesh Yadav took the lone wicket of Renshaw, who went out at one. Earlier, Australian captain Steve Smith won the toss and elected to bat.
Post lunch, India took two quick wickets to strengthen their hold as Kuldeep claimed Warner and Shawn Marsh fell to Umesh Yadav to reduce the hosts for 153/3.
Ajinkya Rahane is leading India in the deciding Test as Virat Kohli was ruled out following a shoulder injury, causing a major blow to the hosts. (ANI)