Former Indian player Wasim Jaffer said the unnecessary sledging backfires sometimes after Indian player Virat Kohli had a go at England batter Jonny Bairstow on the third day of the rescheduled fifth Test in Birmingham.
Bairstow, who displayed fiery batting against New Zealand in the three Test matches last month with a strike rate of 120.12, was bogged down by the Indian pace attack comprising Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. Bairstow was several times beaten by the Indian duo in the first five overs of Day 3.
During the 32nd over of England’s first innings, Kohli took a cheeky remark against the wicketkeeper-batter while fielding from his slip position.
Soon the two players were seen exchanging words amongst them before England skipper Ben Stokes, batting at the non-striker end, and onfield umpires – Aleem Dar and Richard Kettleborough – had to interfere to separate them.
Jonny Bairstow blazed after argument with Virat Kohli
Before the spat with Kohli, Bairstow was batting on 13 off 60 balls at a strike rate of 21.7. He shifted gears drastically and launched a magnificent display of counter-attack, scoring 89 runs in the next 59 balls, striking nearly at 150, to eventually bring up his fifth Test hundred this summer.
Before the sledge Jonny Bairstow was batting very carefully: Wasim Jaffer
Jaffer feels Kohli’s sledging pumped up the Yorkshire batter to go ballistic with his innings. In hindsight, the former Indian player said the verbal spat backfired for the Indian team.
“Yes (on whether Kohli’s sledge pushed Bairstow), because before that he was batting very carefully. But when you instigate someone, it backfires sometimes. So maybe Bairstow got pumped up after that sledge,” Jaffer said on ESPNCricinfo.
Bairstow’s blistering knock was brought to end by Shami as he departed on 106, his innings was laced by 14 boundaries and a couple of sixes. England were bowled out for 284 and India took a 257-run lead at the end of the day’s play.