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Virat Kohli’s Intense Sledging Vs Surya Shows He Will Always Be The ‘Bad Man’ Of Indian Cricket

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The 2020 season Indian Premier League match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore may have been average in terms of the total runs scored by both teams; however, the intensity on the field more than covered up for everything else.

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The biggest such highlight took place at the end of the 13th over. On the penultimate delivery of the over, Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav had struck South African legend Dale Steyn for a four. On the final ball, Yadav knocked it towards covers where Kohli had positioned himself.

As soon as the RCB skipper grabbed the ball, he calmly started to walk towards Yadav, staring right into his eyes. The MI cricketer didn’t budge either and kept his eye contact with the Team Indian skipper.

Virat Kohli’s Intense Sledging Vs Surya Shows He Will Always Be The ‘Bad Man’ Of Indian Cricket © Twitter/ESPNcricinfo

Once Kohli came and stood right next to him portraying to clean the ball, Suryakumar calmly walked away, leaving the “King” hanging, with the ball in his hand.

What Suryakumar Yadav did for his franchise after that incident, how he managed to keep his calm, come in to bat when a Rohit Sharma-less squad was struggling at 72-3, and played an unbeaten innings to win the game for them, all that is a story for another day.

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For now, let’s focus on Virat Kohli. The man, who scored 9 runs off 14 deliveries, with zero 4s and zero 6s, before giving away his wicket for cheap. The man who had little to no contribution towards RCB’s hopes for winning… well, other than hoping to “get inside the opponent’s head”.

I am all in for sledging. It makes matches more interesting, can give birth to rivalries for seasons to come and shows us the competitive nature of the two parties involved.

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However, sledging requires some sort of credibility too. You can’t just try to act tough when in the first innings you didn’t even score in double digits and the rookie in your team played the best innings. Guys like Washington Sundar and Gurkeerat Singh had more runs than Kohli and yet the Delhi-born prodigy was acting as if he’d already won the match and had a statement to make. 

After RCB fell to Suryakumar and MI, and lost the game by 5 wickets, fans called out Kohli for his arrogance and hailed the Mumbai athlete for keeping his calm under pressure. 

In yesterday match, Kohli came to sledge #SuryakumarYadav during the break and surya left like a gentleman, such a shameful act by virat kohli,didn't expect this from a batsman like virat#SuryakumarYadav #MIvsRCB #BCCIpolitics

— mumbai indians (@rkgupta7257) October 29, 2020

Virat Kohli after that winning shot gesture by @surya_14kumar 🏻🏻

— Kumar (@Kumar_RK45) October 28, 2020

Shameful act by virat kohli and no reason for sledge to Surya Kumar Yadav #SuryakumarYadav

— Sam (@sameersheikh45) October 29, 2020

That stare game between Suryakumar Yadav and Kohli..@surya_14kumar you won

Loved your confidence...️

— Dєєpαlí☘ (@Deepali_Patil_) October 28, 2020

Some other fans with deeper speculations went on to blame the whole Team India selection process fiasco that snubbed Yadav, for the on-ground rivalry.

Well done @surya_14kumar, that's how you give them reply #SuryakumarYadav #Kohli #selectors #BCCIpolitics #ViratKohli

— prashant_s1d (@Prashan78788134) October 28, 2020

Surya:- Is there any place in Team India.
Kohli:- No Bro, we have RCB quota.

— Padha Likha Shayar (@Educated_Writer) October 28, 2020

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