Cricket might be known as the ‘Gentleman’s game’, but moments of sledging on the field and mind games off it involving comments to unsettle the opposition, are common. In the ongoing World Cup, Virat Kohli and Kagiso Rabada laid the foundation for an intense face-off as India and South Africa locked horns at the Aegeas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. While the pacer was profuse in criticism of the Indian captain, the latter’s short response was termed apt as well. And when the duo finally came face-to-face on the field, the bowler didn’t want the 30-year-old to settle at any cost and welcomed him with a bouncer.
After breaking Shikhar Dhawan’s bat with a pacy yorker and earning the southpaw’s edge to de Kock a few deliveries later, Kohli came out to the middle. Kohli vs Rabada was already a contest to look forward to due to the pre-match comments, and the latter lived up to it by bowling a fiery bouncer at a breakneck 146 km/hr.
The captain might the No 1-ranked in Tests and ODIs, but he couldn’t do anything apart from ducking uncomfortably as the ball raced past him to de Kock in the blink of an eye.
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The contest, however, was short-lived as Rabada bowled only four more balls to Kohli and the batsman could manage just two runs off it.
Eventually, the captain was dismissed by Andile Phehlukwayo for 18 off 34 balls.
For the uninitiated, Rabada had gone on to say to a media publication during this season's IPL that it is completely difficult to understand Virat Kohli as a person and that his behaviour makes him look immature. At the same time, Rabada has also added that Kohli can be seen venting out his frustrations on the field, but cannot take it when he is at the receiving end.
The Indian skipper said that he was not aware of Rabada's remarks and that he would like to discuss it man-to-man. "Well I have played against Kagiso Rabada many times, will like to discuss man-to-man," Kohli said.
Nevertheless, India successfully chased the target of 228, riding on Rohit Sharma's unbeaten ton.