The cricket world has been left baffled after a bizarre interaction between Indian bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav.
India were chasing the game after England captain Joe Root became the first batsman to smash a double-hundred in his 100th Test, crafting a massive 218 runs to put his team in charge of the opening match in Chennai.
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The 30-year-old registered his second double-century in three matches as England amassed 8-555 on a flat wicket at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.
At the end of Day Two, Dom Bess was batting on 28 with Jack Leach on six at the other end.
But it was the unusual interaction, caught on broadcast, between reserve bowlers Siraj and Yadav that had many baffled.
During a break, cameras picked up Siraj grabbing Yadav by the next, which clearly startled Yadav.
Fans on social media questioned whether the interaction was just friendly banter or a serious action.
— Ajay (@Ajay97685637) February 6, 2021
— VIRATIAN stan (@VIRATIANstan18) February 5, 2021
That Siraj and Yadav video doesn't look like it's for fun lol.
— Zinara Rathnayake (@Zin10SantaFe) February 6, 2021
Friendly or serious? Mohammed Siraj grabs Kuldeep Yadav by his neck, WATCH - DNA India#farmers #farmersprotest
— Shivinder Thakur (@ShivinderST) February 6, 2021
Many fans suggested the action was a joke between two friends.
Either way, India will be looking for the whole team to unite after England stormed past 550 on Day 2.
Root and Stokes carry England
Root was seen battling cramps in the final overs on Friday but returned to hound India's bowlers when England resumed on 3-263.
The right-hander looked typically solid against an Indian attack which could manage only a couple of half-hearted lbw appeals against him in the first two sessions.
Root was more than happy to let Ben Stokes dominate their 124-run collaboration for the fourth wicket as the boundaries flowed.
Playing his first test since August, Stokes smashed 10 boundaries and three sixes in a typically entertaining 82.
"I think we're in a very strong position as a team," Stokes, Test cricket's top-ranked all-rounder, told a video conference.
"No thoughts whatsoever of a declaration tonight because that would be stupid.
"If you won the toss and you're batting first, you just get as many runs as you can out here in India. If we can bat another hour tomorrow, we'd be very happy."
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