All the suspense that was built up ahead of the all-important final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy over Virat Kohli’s availability, the Indian captain opted out from playing on Saturday morning. Ajinkya Rahane became India’s 33rd Test captain after injured Kohli was ruled out of the deciding Test against Australia.
Kohli suffered a shoulder injury while fielding in the Ranchi Test match and had said that he will only play he is hundred percent fit but had admitted that there is every chance of the injury being aggravated during fielding.
The Indian skipper missed a Test after playing 54 matches in the longest format at a stretch. It started with a Test match against West Indies in Mumbai back in November, 2011.
Despite not being the playing XI, it’s simply impossible to keep Kohli out of a cricket match. Within the first 30 minutes, when the umpires were looking to change the ball, out walked the captain carrying water.
Kohli’s gesture was widely appreciated, with a touch of humour, of course.
Wow! Virat Kohli Bringing Drinks For His Teammates. He Just Won 1.2 Billion Hearts, Again.And Haters Say He’s Arrogant. #IndvAus #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/AaZHtkjdb8— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) March 25, 2017
Kohli should sledge while carrying drinks. Will send Twitter into a meltdown.— Fake Mitch Johnson (@NotMitchJohnson) March 25, 2017
Virat Kohli came to serve drinks. His main motive was to abuse Karun Nair for dropping Warner’s catch. #IndvAus— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) March 25, 2017
Virat kohli serving drinks to our players in between the break. What a Captain. What a Man! Selfless! 😍🙏#IndvAus— Banna. (@iJaiDeep_) March 25, 2017
Kohli is on the field. Carrying drinks. Might slip in a glare or a quiet word on his way out. #IndvAus— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) March 25, 2017
Team Australia, when offered water by Kohli pic.twitter.com/kO2L7DQ1pZ— MansahaRatty (@YearOfRat) March 25, 2017
This commitment from Virat the only highlight of the first session for India.Good batting track but Aus helped by wayward bowling.#IndvAus pic.twitter.com/dNYlWe11Sq— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 25, 2017
Kohli did not just stop there. When debutant Kuldeep Yadav got his first Test wicket and walked back to the boundary line, Kohli was there to have a chat with the youngster.
Once again, the gesture drew a lot of praise.
Virat on the boundary ropes talking to Kuldeep after his maiden Test wicket. Amazing involvement from this guy, seriously! #IndvAus— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) 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
Great to see Virat Kohli talking to Kuldeep Yadev after he took the maiden Test wicket….— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 25, 2017
Way to go, Captain!