Virat Kohli India Jonny Bairstow England
Virat Kohli is out hit-wicket on Day 4 of the first Test match, November 12, 2016IANS

With the ball coming nicely off his bat in the morning, Virat Kohli, like he does on the eve of any game, would have looked forward to making a big score on Day 4 of the first Test match against England. However, not even someone with the strangest of imaginations could have predicted how that hope of Kohli's would come to an end on Saturday.

Playing well and looking primed for a minimum half-century, Kohli fell victim to one of the rarer dismissals in cricket – the hit-wicket.

Adil Rashid is the man with a wicket to his name of Kohli's, but it is misfortune that should really take the credit for sending the India skipper back.

Off a short ball from the leg-spinner, Kohli did what you need to do – rock back to play the pull shot with the weight on the back foot.

However, that rock-back proved to be a little too deep in the crease, not because it led to his back foot hitting the stumps, but because, when he swivelled to complete the shot, his front foot came all the way around to clip leg-stump.

Nobody realised what had happened for a while, but when Jonny Bairstow, the wicketkeeper, looked down and saw a bail off its groove and on the ground, he went up in appeal and celebration.

When the third umpire was inevitably called for, it became clear as day what had happened, but even before that Kohli, going by his expression as the England players celebrated around him, seemed to have realised what had transpired.

It was an unlucky way for Kohli to be dismissed, but to India's credit, they did not let it affect them too much, with Wriddhiman Saha and R Ashwin going on to put a crucial partnership together, when India were in trouble having lost six wickets.

Watch the Kohli dismissal HERE