‘He got no idea’ – Virat Kohli cheekily sledges Tom Latham during WTC Final
Tom Latham and his opening partner Devon Conway gave New Zealand a brilliant start.
Updated - Jun 22, 2021 12:29 pm
The ongoing ICC World Test Championship final has witnessed some mind-boggling action between the bat and the ball. New Zealand skipper won the crucial toss and unsurprisingly opted to bowl at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The decision proved to be spot on as India were bundled out for mere 217 runs despite getting a good start. With a mediocre total on the board, Indian bowlers had the onus to take wickets with the new ball.
Skipper Virat Kohli also knew the importance of the same, and subsequently, the veteran cricketer opted his own way to help the bowlers. The 32-year-old was spotted sledging New Zealand opener Tom Latham when Jasprit Bumrah was operating with the new dukes cherry. Aiming to foil the southpaw’s concentration, Kohli cheekily backed Bumrah to pierce Latham’s defences.
“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.
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Momentum on New Zealand’s favour in WTC Final
Unfortunately for the Indian fans, Kohli’s tactics didn’t work as Latham, and his opening partner Devon Conway brilliantly tackled the Indian pacers. The duo 70 runs for the first wicket before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Latham for 30. However, Conway went on to cross the fifty-run mark and eventually got out after scoring 54 runs. At stumps on Day 3, New Zealand were 101/2, trailing 116 runs behind India’s first-innings total.
Virat Kohli’s men were already on the back foot, and the entire washing out of Day 4 has almost ended their hopes of making a comeback and clinching the title. On the contrary, New Zealand still have a substantial chance of winning this contest, and for that, they need to gain a handy first-innings lead.
Notably, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has kept a reserve day in place to make up for the lost time in the WTC final. Hence, potentially two days of play is still left in the game and it would be interesting to see it unfolds. If the game ends in a draw, which seems to be the most probable result, both teams will share titles.