Aakash Saini ∙ Jun 9 2023, 9:42 PM | 2 Min Read

[Watch] Virat Kohli Asks Crowd To Cheer For India Against Australia In WTC Final

image-liopoc5mVirat Kohli chats with Usman Khawaja on Day 3 (Twitter)

Team India got the early breakthrough in the second Australian innings on Day 3 of the WTC Final. Mohammed Siraj induced a thick edge off David Warner, which KS Bharat safely pouched from behind the stumps.

However, the Indian team still finds itself in troubled waters, courtesy of the 173-run first innings advantage Australian gained earlier in the day. While Rohit Sharma and co. face an uphill task to make a comeback in the crucial Test, Virat Kohli was seen urging the crowd to cheer for Team India upon Warner’s dismissal.

Virat Kohli livens up silent crowd on Day 3

Moments after Mohammed Siraj sent David Warner packing back to the pavilion, Virat Kohli was seen encouraging the crowd to cheer louder for Team India. The incident occurred during the fourth over of the Australian innings, at a time when Marnus Labuschagne had just arrived to the crease.

Kohli’s influence worked wonders as the silent crowd went berserk thereafter, much to the tune of the former Indian captain.

Earlier in the day, the Indians were shot out for just 296 after lunch on Day 3. Ajinkya Rahane top scored in the innings with 89 while Shardul Thakur listed a fighting 51 and the two shared a 109-run stand in the middle.

Australia, enjoying a 173-run head start, further stretched their lead past the 200-run mark after Tea.

At the time of publishing, Australia reached 48-2 in 19 overs, with Labuschagne and first-innings centurion Steve Smith batting at the crease.