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Virat Kohli refuses to walk after being bowled by Moeen Ali

| Updated: February 15, 2021 10:50:20


Virat Kohli refuses to walk after being bowled by Moeen Ali

Outside edges are one thing, but India captain Virat Kohli took it to another level when he refused to leave the crease despite being bowled by Moeen Ali in the second Test against England.

Kohli, the country's sporting hero and batting superstar, was cheered to the crease by a 15,000-strong crowd on the opening morning in Chennai.

He failed to score off his first four deliveries. The fifth, tossed up outside off stump, tempted Kohli into an ambitious cover drive.

The ball turned sharply, went between bat and pad and clipped the top of middle and off stump.

England celebrated. The crowd fell silent. And Kohli just stood there.

A look of disbelief etched on his face as he glanced back at the bails on the ground, he looked pleadingly towards batting partner Rohit Sharma.

The umpire even had to ask for the replay to be shown on the big screen before Kohli finally left the field, still struggling to grasp what had happened to him.

"It was an extraordinary performance. Presumably the umpires had to show him a review to get him off the field," said BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

"The last person that stood like that after being clean bowled was WG Grace."

Legend has it that Grace refused to walk and once said "they came to see me bat, not you umpire" when given out lbw.

Within moments of Kohli's dismissal, Grace was trending on Twitter.

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