5. Andrew Flintoff irks Yuvraj Singh, 2007

The Yuvraj Singh was irked by the Andrew Flintoff all-rounder’s comments and unleashed on a young Stuart Broad by pulverizing him for six consecutive sixes in the following over. The explosive batter registered the fastest fifty in International cricket in the process, a record that still stands.

4. Shoaib Akhtar’s spat with Harbhajan Singh, 2010

In the 47th over, Harbhajan Singh smashed Pakistani speedster, Shoaib Akhtar, for a massive six. Akhtar then directed a couple of vicious bouncers towards the Indian batters’ ribcage in a typical fast bowler’s response. Harbhajan erupted in a roar after the win and directed it towards the Pakistani pacer, who was seen suggesting the batter get on with it and leave the pitch.

3. Australia gang up against Brian Lara, 2003

The all-conquering Australian side were dismissed for 240 in the first innings and when Lara came to the crease with West Indies 73-3, he was welcomed with a slew of unkind words from Matthew Hayden and Australian skipper Steve Waugh. In response to the taunts, the southpaw played three cracking shots to send a strong message to the Aussies.

2. Shanon Gabriel’s homophobic remark against Joe Root, 2019

The right-hand batter was the subject of homophobic abuse in an over by West Indian pacer Shanon Gabriel, who asked him, “Do you like boys?”. Root responded brilliantly, which was picked up by the microphone: ‘Don’t use it as an insult. There’s nothing wrong with being gay.’

1. Virat Kohli ignites a fire in Jonny Bairstow, 2022

The Yorkshireman, who was struggling up until that point, was fired up by Kohli’s words and launched a scathing assault on the Indian bowlers as he notched up a glorious century in the innings. Bairstow compounded India’s misery in the second innings with another trailblazing ton to guide England to victory in the Test.