August 10, 2018 would arguably the worst possible day in the life of Virat Kohli as the skipper of Indian Test team. He and his players barely showed any fight before getting bowled out for 107 in the first innings of the second Test against England at Lord's.
There is no denying that the conditions and pitch were suiting bowlers. But the manner in which the Indian batters lost their wicket wasn't a pleasing sight. Most of the players had no clue about the swinging ball, and their lack of technique was at show.
Following the display, the Indian fans were least pleased by their team's batters, and had many negative things to say about them. But the Indian team got backing from two prominent individuals.
Rohit Sharma, who wasn't selected in the Test squad, was the first to ask the fans to back Kohli and co. He took to Twitter and posted a message, which read, "Let’s not forget these are the players who got India to the number 1 ranking. How about being little supportive when the going gets tough. This is our team"
And following suit was none other than the megastar of India, Amitabh Bachchan. The Bollywood actor's message on the social media website read, "I agree .. COME ONNN INDIA WE CAN DO IT .. !!"
The fans, especially Indian supporters, who flocked up at Lord's to witness the second Test between England and India have very little to be happy about. The 'Home of Cricket' produced a mere 35 overs in the first two days of play. Day One was washed out due to rain, and Day Two saw action taking place in patches. Though, from the very limited cricket supporters witnessed, there was drama.
Having won the toss, England skipper Joe Root decided to bowl first in overcast conditions. It was a pretty straightforward decision, given the hosts had included another fast-bowler in Chris Woakes. On the other side, Indian skipper Virat Kohli was disappointed having lost the toss, and knew a tough challenge awaited the visitors.
But little did he know that a calamity was to strike. India were bowled out for a mere 107 from 35.2 overs. None of the batters managed to score even 30. Kohli and co. had absolutely no answers to the brilliance of the England pacers, especially James Anderson, who took a fifer.