Steve Waugh's advice to Virat Kohli on sledging: Douse the flames

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh called Virat Kohli a passionate player and also asked him to douse the flames and carry on with the series

This series between India and Australia has seen it all. A riveting contest between the bat and ball, fierce fast bowling, dogged batting and of course, when these two teams are playing, sledging is surely gonna be their most favoured companion. Yes, there was enough in the Bengaluru Test—first, Ishant got it going by making funny faces to Steve Smith, and if that was not enough Virat Kohli, too dived into the banter. One could constantly see Virat saying something or the other to Smith all the time.

Probably that helped. Steve Smith may have had a lapse in concentration on day 4 of the second Test in Bengaluru to get trapped in front on the wicket. He then started looking at the dressing room, probably looking for some help or indication. Virat Kohli spoke about this in his press conference—he lashed out at Smith saying that he did look for help from the dressing room twice. Smith, too confessed being guilty of doing it. He called it was a ‘brain fade’ moment. Well, whatever it may be, this is an offence which should be taken cognizance of by the match referee. This had added a new flavour to this series which has already shown glimpses of being an epic.

Well, Steve Waugh is the latest cricketer to give his take on this. He called Virat Kohli a passionate player and also asked him to douse the flames and carry on with the series. It is easier said than done as Kohli has admitted in an earlier interview that once he gets into a banter, there is no chickening out.

Meanwhile, BCCI has just released a statement touting Virat as a “mature and seasoned cricketer” whose conduct on the field has been “exemplary”. The Indian Cricket Board said that it stood steadfast with the captain and the team, and has requested the ICC to take cognisance of Steve Smith’s acknowledgement of having resorted to ‘brain fade’.