Sledging is a common practice often seen on the field. Sledging is done to diminish the opponent’s confidence. One such incident of sledging from the ongoing WTC final came into the limelight.
Though the incident is of Day 3, it came into the limelight on Day 5, when a video of Indian team Captain sledging Tom Latham went viral on the Internet. In the video, Virat Kohli is seen sledging New Zealand’s opener batsman Tom Latham in an attempt to distract his concentration. The moment when team India were wrapped up for 217 runs & the Black Caps openers Devon Conway & Tom Latham showed resilience in their first innings, team India turned to verbal practices in order to distract & demotivate New Zealand openers.
Motivating India’s spearhead Jasprit Bumrah to bowl more targeted deliveries, Virat Kohli spoke some words which actually aimed at diverting Latham’s attention. “He got no idea Jas [Bumrah], You’re all over him buddy, You can make him up there as well, he knows he’s not getting it on the bat, boys,” the Indian skipper said as caught in the stump microphone.
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The aim of Kohli was to motivate Bumrah to penetrate his pace deliveries through Tom Latham’s defense & scalp his wicket as the batsman was struggling to face Bumrah’s deliveries. It was quite evident that Virat Kohli’s words were more aimed at reducing Latham’s confidence as the Black Caps were heading strong with the bat.
However, sledging didn’t help Virat Kohli & Co, as kiwis showed great intent with the bat. Performing well with both ball & the bat, the Balck Caps openers were off to great innings as the duo stitched a strong 70 runs stand to help the kiwis take a domineering position.
The highlights of Day 3 of the ongoing WTC final was the stunning five-wicket haul by speedster Kyle Jamieson along with Devon Conway’s fifty that helped New Zealand to headstrong in their first innings. However, India triggered a late fightback to leave New Zealand reeling at 101 runs for two wickets down at the stumps on Day 3 of the WTC Final.
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