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Kohli-Root in bust-up in Lord's Long Room: report

Last updated on: August 25, 2021 14:49 IST
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Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler get into a confrontation during Day 5 of the Lord's Test on on August 16, 2021 in London

IMAGE: Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler get into a confrontation during Day 5 of the Lord's Test on on August 16, 2021 in London. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England and India's players were involved in a heated confrontation in the Lord's Long Room after the third day's action in the second Test.

According to Telegraph Sports, there were tense scenes in the Lord's pavilion which were prompted after Jasprit Bumrah bowled a barrage of bouncers to James Anderson in a ten-ball over.

England skipper Joe Root and India skipper Virat Kohli are believed to have exchanged words on their way to the dressing rooms as things looked like it could go out of hand.

"The players were pictured arguing as they left the playing field but the rows carried on in the Long Room, which was packed with India officials, support staff and squad players, who gave their team a rousing reception as they walked inside," the Daily Telegraph reported.

"Joe Root, who had just scored a brilliant unbeaten 180, and Virat Kohli are believed to have exchanged words on their way to the dressing rooms as the situation threatened to escalate before tempers cooled."

Lord's Long Room is usually packed with MCC members and the two teams go their separate ways through different staircases to their dressing rooms.

But due to COVID-19 restrictions last week, the Long Room was closed to members as was the players' dining room.

"It allowed the two sides to mingle more freely at the end of a day, making confrontation more likely in the event of a heated passage of play," the report added.

India skipper Virat Kohli had on Tuesday said that his side was provoked by England but did not divulge the words that were spoken.

"I cannot give you the details of the words that were spoken, I think it's for the cameras and the stump mics to pick that up for both teams. What is said on the field and what's done in the moment, gives you extra motivation."

England pacer James Anderson also opened up about what happened between him and the Indian players during the final session of the third day of the Lord's Test.

In the second innings of the Lord's Test, Anderson was seen having an animated chat with Bumrah after the Indian pacer unleashed a barrage of bouncers at him. After that, tempers flared and both teams engaged in verbals throughout the game.

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