Watch: Virat Kohli tries Root’s bat trick, fails

During India’s warm-up game against Leicester on Thursday, former Indian skipper Virat Kohli attempted a trick performed by England skipper Joe Root in a recent friendly against New Zealand. Like Root, Kohli attempted to get his racquet to a standstill without support while he was on the non-striker end.

He tried twice to balance the racquet but soon gave up. In Test cricket, both Root and Kohli have reached 27 hundreds. Kohli has been fighting for a century since 2019. Wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat impressed with a 70 unbeaten run despite a lack of batting practice for India’s top orderers on day one of their warm-up game against Leicestershire.

India was 81/5 before Virat Kohli and Bharat stabilized the innings with a 50-run partnership against a disciplined bowling show from Leicestershire. While Kohli was trapped at 33lbw, Bharat sped up the innings with a barrage of limits.

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