Ever since the inception of gentleman’s game cricket, sledging has been a permanent fixture in the game. The performance is still termed as a ‘primary’ thing when it comes to players, but insulting the opposition has been part and parcel of the game.
Especially, in the modern time, we have seen several players who tend to perform well when there is the fire in the belly.
Getting on verbal duels with the opposition wasn’t a cup of tea for the subcontinent players during the yesteryears.
However, it has totally become a different proposition nowadays.
The Australian players were known to be the actual sledgers and taking on their opposition teams proved to be quite normal for all of them. However, the modern-day trend has been a lot different.
Now, without wasting any time let us have a look at five players who perform to their best when they are angry:
Now, the first name which comes to my mind in the modern generation is none other than the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Needling the opposition tends to get the best out of Kohli. He feeds on the competition. On several occasions, we have witnessed Kohli being involved in an altercation with opposition players.
Delhi-based batsman Kohli has become more matured player now than being before, but the anger doesn’t seem to get away from Kohli.
Till now, he gets into multiple altercations with opposition players and can be seen using some abusive language on the ground.
However, the altercations never seemed to have affected him and it tends to get the better out of him.
The out of favour Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir is one such player who has been misunderstood at times.
An aggressive top-order batsman is always direct at the face of the opposition and never shies away from speaking his heart out.
Whether it is a cricket ground or off the field, he always speaks from within. That is the reason why he is being misunderstood from time-to-time.
The southpaw exchanged words with players like Simon Katich, Shahid Afridi, and Kamran Akmal. Even once during the Indian Premier League (IPL), Gambhir had a bizarre moment of anguish with his one time Delhi teammate Virat Kohli.
However, anger has never got the better of him. It has made him strong and has helped him score bulk of runs for both the national team and the domestic teams.