The best example of it came during the 4th over of the innings bowled by Jasprit Bumrah after the fast bowler got one to jack back into Tom Latham’s pads.
Latham got an inside edge and Kohli from the slip cordon was heard playing mind games when he said that the Kiwi southpaw has no idea of the conditions.
“He got no idea Jas, 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” said Virat Kohli.
That said, the New Zealand opening pair has done a decent job thus far by successfully blunting the opening spells of Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.
The Indian pacers hit their lengths right away but they were guilty of bowling it a touch short on more than one instance. According to CricViz, the likes of Ishant and Bumrah managed to hit the good length 76% with the new ball as compared to the Kiwi pacers.
However, the New Zealand pacers managed to generate a lot more swing as compared to their Indian counterparts.
While New Zealand pacers’ average swing in the first 5 overs of the innings was 2.07 degrees, Indian pacers have generated just 0.67 degrees of swing, as per CricViz.
Latham, in particular, was superb in the manner in which he left the ball outside the off-stump. At the time of writing, New Zealand were 0/19 after 12 over.
Watch the video of Virat Kohli sledging Tom Latham here:
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