Hazelwood reveals what it costs sledging Kohli while he is batting
Indian skipper is notably famous for sledging in the field. At the same time, it is generally believed that sledging Virat, while he is on the crease, is a bad decision. Because, sledging him brings out the best in him.
Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood revealed that his team would try to avoid any kind of sledging with Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He also revealed that sledging makes kohli more aggressive in batting.
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy held from December 2018 to January 2019 between Australia and India was a milestone series for India. Indian team managed to win a Test series on Australian ground, after a 71 years waiting. Meanwhile, Indian team is scheduled to tour Australia for a four-match Test series and a three-match ODI and T20 series. The Test series is scheduled to begin from December 3 at Brisbane and three T20 matches would be held between October 11 and October 17.
“I think we try to probably stay clear of engagement, obviously. I think that was fully evident throughout the series. I think he likes to get in that tussle and it probably brings out the best in him, especially when he’s batting, that was always a no-go-zone for the bowlers.” Speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Connected, Hazlewood said.
“I think it’s a different case if the guys are batting and he’s in the field, you know they can get him engaged there and sort of work him out a little bit if possible, but certainly when he was batting, it was just leaving him to his own devices, and hopefully, we get him in a bit of a switched off mood and take advantage of that.”, the pacer added.
Before this, Australia’s opening batsman David Warner had stated that there is no point in teasing Kohli while batting. Sledging him while he bats it helps him to come out harder with the bat.
“I thrive on the crowd, I thrive on people sort of going at me in the field. And getting into that battle. I think Virat is quite similar, if you go a little bit at Virat he comes out harder with the bat and he plays amazing. We have seen that time and time again. There is no point in actually trying to poke the bear because at the end of the day if you do that it just fires up the person a bit more.”, Warner told India Today.