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Wasim Jaffer condemns Virat Kohli’s unnecessary sledging of Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow of England dominated day three of the postponed fifth Test against India with a magnificent century. His on-field spat with former Indian captain Virat Kohli was one of the day’s most talked-about subjects. After missing a shot on Mohammed Shami’s delivery, Kohli attempted to sledge Bairstow, who had made just 13 runs from 61 balls. Before the umpire intervened, both players exchanged some comments.

Bairstow then altered his strategy and went for a huge on the next ball, nearly losing his wicket. Kohli was seen chuckling at the miss, believing in his ability to influence the player’s concentration. But Bairstow then played his trademark attacking cricket, scoring 106 runs off just 140 balls. Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer agrees that Kohli’s sledging inspired Bairstow to a huge score. He also stated that occasionally instigating someone backfires.

Following Bairstow’s superb effort, England amassed a respectable total of 284 runs. Despite this, India managed to take a 132-run lead in their first innings, thanks to centuries from Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja. Then, with Cheteshwar Pujara (50*) and Pant (30*) at the crease, India extended their lead to 257 runs at the close of day three, with 125/3 on the board.

Pant hit 146 runs off 111 balls in the first innings, and his knock could be the game-winner in this Test. However, Jaffer claims that neither Pant nor Bairstow’s explosive knocks will decide this match. He hails Indian bowlers for limiting England to 284 runs and says it would be wrong to undervalue their contribution in this match.