The cricketing world has seen some of the most extreme examples of sledging in recent history.
If you want to learn how to be a classic sledger, challenging your opponents through psychological warfare, getting under their skin and finding the minutest of opportunities to irk them, so that they do something foolish in anger or because of being too distracted mouthing off to you, you have to learn that from the epic rivalry we got to see between the Indian and Australian wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Tim Paine.December 10, 2018
On the contrary, if you want to learn the kind of things that are a complete 'No-No' when it comes to banter-talks in cricket, you have to let Pakistani captain Sarfraz Ahmed become your master, who not only went too far with his words but also managed to make the entire nation of South Africa despise him with his ultra-racist comments.
Sarfaraz Ahmed to Andile Phehlukwayo:
"abbay kaale teri Ami kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parhwa kay aya hai aaj"
"black man wheres your mother sat? What have you asked your mother to pray for you today?"#SAvPAK pic.twitter.com/vw6yuE73OE
Trash-talking should display cunningness. It should be the things that, on the surface appears to be nothing much but on the inside, it eats up the victim with rage and frustration.Exhibit A: March 4, 2019
Zampa has had the pleasure of sending Kohli back to the dressing room twice. While the first came during the first T20I when Kohli made just 24 runs in an India loss, the second dismissal came during the previous ODI match when the leggy trapped Kohli in front of the wickets and the third-umpire responded in favour of the bowler on an LBW appeal upon a DRS review.
“It's also one of those things where he (Virat Kohli) probably won't want to get out to me again...” said the 26-year-old, while admitting that his team takes some extra time out figuring out a plan to try and send Kohli packing early.
If anyone knows anything about the captain of the Indian side, they know that Kohli lives and breathes competition. He strives on opponents calling him out in public and then shutting them up with his batting performance, followed by some of the best celebrations ever (hinting: 'mic drop' against Joe Root and Team England.
With the second match scheduled for today, we have to see how Kohli responds to Zampa's taunts.