India were on the front foot after day one of the ongoing first test match in Birmingham's Edgbaston Cricket Ground as England were reduced to 285 for nine after after a good start.
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"Virat Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport", read the article. As for India, their last series win in England came more than a decade ago, in 2007 under Rahul Dravid.
India would have ended with far less if it wasn't for Kohli withstanding a thorough examination of his skill and temperament.
English cricket team lost their five batsmen while adding just 67 runs to the total of 216 for four wickets. Curran nicked Shami outside off stump without adding to his overnight score of 24, leaving Jimmy Anderson on 2 not out.
After Malan put down a tough one-handed chance at second slip, Kohli settled then targeted Curran, first clipping him through mid-wicket then angling him down to third man.
However, England dropped too short when trying to dismiss a set Kohli, and their tactics of giving him easy singles when in partnership with number 10 Ishant and Umesh backfired. There were many unplayable balls inbetween, but Kohli did not play a shot in anger, underlining his intention to bat as long as possible.
In England's 1,000th test match, opener Keaton Jennings was dropped on nine, but moved to 42 before being bowled by Mohammed Shami, while Bairstow looked confident on his way to 70 runs off 88 deliveries.
Behind Root as he stormed off, Kohli celebrated by blowing a kiss, mouthing some fruity advice, putting his finger to his lips and adding a "mic-drop" - mocking Root's gesture last month, after he had clinched the one-day global series at Headingley with a second successive hundred. He still struggled to read which way Anderson was swinging the ball and the pace bowler found the edge of his bat four times.
Incidentally, it was Adil Rashid who gave them that, with the Indian captain cutting the last ball of the 76th over to Stuart Broad at point, to be out for 149 - which was the first time since August 2015 that Kohli had failed to convert his 100 into a 150. He did exactly that.