The Indian team is currently playing the first of the five-match Test series against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham. After shambolic outings in the longest format back in 2011 and 2014 respectively, Virat Kohli and Co are in with a tough task of improving their numbers on English soil. The home team, captained by Joe Root, won the toss and had no hesitation to bat first.
The start for the visiting team wasn’t an auspicious one by any stretch of the imagination as Ajinkya Rahane dropped Keaton Jennings in the slip. The batter got a breather in the sixth over with his score at nine. Meanwhile, in a bid to get under the skins of the English batsmen, Kohli introduced Ravichandran Ashwin in the very next over and the decision was a tad bewildering, especially in English conditions.
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Both plays for Tamil Nadu at the domestic circuit and the wicketkeeper resorted to speaking Tamil- their mother tongue in order to cheer up the spinner. During England’s 17th and Ashwin’s sixth over, Karthik motivated him and spoke in Tamil, which roughly translates to ‘Well bowled mate, bowl the same line and length in the next deliveries and keep up the good work”.