Australia vs Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella indulges in a fun banter with Usman Khawaja
Khawaja replied in style by scoring his 8th Test century.
Published - Feb 3, 2019 12:13 pm | Updated - Feb 3, 2019 12:13 pm
Australian batsman Usman Khawaja finally got some runs under his belt after the recent struggles. The left-hander registered his 8th Test hundred in the second innings of the Canberra Test against England. He seemed to have found his mojo back and completely dominated the bowlers. However, a funny incident involving him and Niroshan Dickwella took place during this innings.
Taking a cue from Rishabh Pant, Dickwella decided to have a fun banter with the batsman. The wicket-keeper reminded Khawaja that he didn’t have any runs under his belt in recent times. Furthermore, he reminded him of Marsh brothers – Shaun and Mitchell who were axed from the Test team due to a string of poor performances.
I can only remember the Marsh brothers here
“No runs under his belt, no runs under his belt. I only remember Marsh brothers here,” the Sri Lankan quipped from behind the stumps. However, Khawaja found this a bit hard to swallow. He reminded Dickwella that he allowed Kasun Rajitha to bowl with white tape on as he was injured. He noted that the keeper needed to understand about sportsmanship before sledging.
“Do you want me to tell him to take the bowling tape off his fingers?” Khawaja asked Dickwella before adding, “I can, but he won’t bowl anymore.” Dickwella wasn’t the one who would keep quiet. “Are you that scared of his tape?” he questioned immediately. Khawaja, though, kept his cool and said: “Nah, I’m just saying the sportsmanship goes both ways.”
But, Niroshan Dickwella wasn’t interested in listening to him and continued to have a dig at him. “I really wish you could get some runs here. I don’t want you to feel bad after the series watching your team play on TV,” he further said.
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