Virat Kohli mic drop
Indian captain Virat Kohli mimicked his English counterpart in Edgbaston.Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

When there is Virat Kohli on the field, there is no dearth of excitement. If the Indian captain is not hitting one of those lovely drives, he grabs the limelight with his on-field theatrics.

Kohli made sure he was the biggest talking point on a day where R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami silenced their critics and bowled their hearts out to restrict England to 285 for 9 at Stumps on Day 1 of the opening Test in Birmingham.

The India captain's sharp fielding effort that saw a well set Joe Root (80) walking back to the hut was indeed the turning point of the day.

At 216 for 3 in the post-Tea session, England were looking set for a mammoth total. However, a moment of reluctance from Root and brilliance from Kohli gave way to the hosts' downfall.

Jonny Bairstow, one of the two half-century makers on Wednesday, had helped an Ashwin delivery towards a vacant mid-wicket region and set off for what seemed to be a single. When he tried to steal a second run, Root hesisted initially but started running towards the danger-end.

Kohli chased the ball and got a direct hit while being off balance to dismiss Root at the non-striker's end.

The man from Delhi then blew kisses to a distraught Root and mimicked his mic drop moment, keeping in mind the way the England batsman celebrated after he hit the winning runs in the ODI series decider last month.

Watch Kohli mimic Root's mic drop moment below

India in driver's seat after Day 1

R Ashwin
R Ashwin picked up for wickets on Day 1 of the first Test in Edgbaston.Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

It was an eventful day in Edgbaston as India fought back and returned to the dressing room as the happier of the two sides. England lost six wickets for just 69 runs in the final session as Ashwin snared three wickets and finished with figures of 25-7-60-4.

Ashwin started it all after being brought into the attack as early as in the seventh over of the match. The 32-year-old off-spinner dismissed former captain Alastair Cook with a beauty that pitched on the middle stump line and hit the top of off-stump.

He also sent Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad walking back to the hut. Shami chipped in with two important wickets while Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav picked up one each.

India will be hoping to make good use of the strong start and the what is expected to be best batting conditions on Day 2 to lay down an early marker in the Test series.