WTC Final: ‘He got no idea’, stump mic picks up Virat Kohli sledging of Tom Latham; Watch video: As mind games happen quite often during the play sessions of a Test match, a similar incident surfaced in the ongoing World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand in Southampton. The episode of Day 3 has hogged the limelight when Virat Kohli sledged Kiwi opener Tom Latham in an attempt to lapse the formers’ concentration. While it happened on Day 3, the recording only surfaced on Tuesday.
No sooner after Team India were bundled at 217 runs and Kiwis openers- Devon Conway and Tom Latham showed resilience in their first innings on Day 3, Team India resorted to verbal practices to fox the New Zealand players.
WTC Final: Backing India’s speedster Jasprit Bumrah, Indian skipper Virat Kohli minced words aimed to divert Latham’s attention.
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“He got no idea Jas [Bumrah], 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,” the Indian skipper said as caught in the stump microphone.
WTC Final: By this Kohli pumped Bumrah to penetrate his pace deliveries through Tom Latham’s defence and rattle his wicket as the batsman struggled to face them.
The sledge meant little to escalate Bumrah’s confidence but attempted to walk down Latham, as the Kiwis looked promising then.
WTC Final: New Zealand’s intent unfazed despite sledging
Poorly gaming tactics served no good to Virat Kohli and Co. as the Kiwis showed utter resilience with the willow. Acclimatizing well to the conditions, earlier with the ball and later with the bat, their openers were off to a solid start who wove a 70-run-stand between them. At stumps on Day 3, New Zealand were 101/2, trailing 116 runs behind India’s first-innings total.
In the actual brief cricketing action that happened on the field, New Zealand’s young speedster Kyle Jamieson rose to the occasion with the ball courtesy of his fifer. As with bat, Devon Conway claimed his fifty while Tom Latham also managed to aid New Zealand’s build-up in their first innings.