Virat Kohli is one of the most fiery cricketers going around in international cricket. He plays with his heart on his sleeve and does not shies away from showing his emotions. Whether he hits a century while batting or whether the Indian team gets an important wicket, Kohli is always at his energetic best. That aggression from Kohli was once again on display in the final of ICC World Test Championship vs New Zealand at Southampton.
The incident happened during the New Zealand’s innings. Mohammad Shami was about to bowl his over and Tom Latham was going to take strike. Just as Latham was going to the batting crease, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant walked past him and sledged the left hander New Zealand opener. It was seen that both Kohli and Pant said something to him but the southpaw did not reply to Kohli’s verbal antics.
On the first ball of the next over, Mohammad Shami bowled a brilliant short ball aimed at head of Latham. It appeared that the batsman was clearly taken aback by the ball and he could not play it cleanly. Hence, he got into uncomfortable position as the ball took his outside edge and flew towards gully.
Fortunately for Tom Latham, the ball just about evaded the fielder positioned at gully. Moreover, he tried to dive but could not succeed in catching the ball. Hence, a golden chance for India to break the opening partnership gone begging.
Latham almost gets OUT!
Earlier, the Indian team failed to put up a challenging total on the third day. Starting the day at 146-3, India lost the remaining 7 wickets for 68 runs as they had no answers to some quality bowling by New Zealand. The Kiwi bowlers made full use of the helpful conditions and got the better of Indian batting in no time.
For India, the highest scorer was Ajinkya Rahane with 49 runs. Kyle Jamieson was the pick of the bowlers as he took 5 wickets for 31 runs. He was ably supported by Neil Wagner as the left arm pacer knocked off 2 wickets for 40 runs.
Watch the video of the sledging and next ball here: