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5 times when sledging a player proved too costly for teams

Sometimes these tactics work as the player being sledged makes a mistake after getting carried away at the moment. However, in a few instances, sledging can go horribly wrong.

Ashutosh Welankar Author

Updated - 5 July 2022 12:38 pm

Sledging in cricket is not new to cricket. Over the years many players have sledge their counterparts just to get under their skin and upset their tempo. Players have used many unique slangs to sledge their counterparts. Sledging mostly happens during a test match, where fielders use this tactic to unsettle a well-set batter and make him commit mistakes that might benefit their own team.

Sometimes these tactics work as the player being sledged makes a mistake after getting carried away at the moment. However, in a few instances, sledging can go horribly wrong and it can backfire against your one’s own team as it may further motivate the player to excel.

Let’s look at a few such instances where sledging proved to be too costly for the teams.

1. Kohli’s sledging backfires

This incident took place recently in the ongoing 5th Test match between England and India. In the first session on Day 3, former Indian captain Virat Kohli tried to sledge the English batsman Jonny Bairstow in the 30th over of the match. Bairstow was struggling a lot that morning and was beaten a few times by Indian bowlers. Then movements near the sight screen area forced Bairstow to pull out at the last minute.

That seemed to upset Kohli. He went to Bairstow and said a few words and was caught saying, “Isko ball alawa sab Kuch dikhata hai.” After this incident, it looked like Bairstow was switched on completely and started to smash the ball all around the ground, and he eventually ended up getting a century. Despite that though, India  are in a dominant position in this Test match.

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