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5 sledging battles between India-Australia cricketers

224.18K   //    26 Mar 2016, 19:21 IST

The rivalry between India and Australia has seen some unforgettable battles over the years. However, the rivalry has not been limited to the mundane bat and ball. It transcended into other aspects of the game as well.

One such aspect has to be sledging, the art which the Australians have surely mastered. They are known to play their cricket hard and they always make it a point to be in the opposition’s face all the time.

The India-Australia rivalry has seen many such sledging incidents over the years. It’s not just the Australian cricketers but the Indian cricketers too have given it back in their own style. One cannot forget the Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar giving it back to his rival Glenn McGrath both with the bat and with the words.

That was one rare incidence when a calm Tendulkar sledged his fierce opponent who was having a go at him. In the modern day, Virat Kohli is the one who is fiercely competitive and doesn’t mind having a go at the Australians, both with the words and the bat. He is up there to battle it out always.

As the two teams square off against each other in a virtual quarterfinal clash in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2016, let’s have a look at five sledging incidents that happened in an India-Australia match. Surely things like these make the rivalry more intense and prove that this more than a cricket game.

1. Virat Kohli & James Faulkner

Kohli and Faulkner got involved in a bit of banter (Image source: Fox Sports)

The chirpy Australian all-rounder said something to Virat Kohli in the third ODI between the two countries when Kohli was batting on 73.

Kohli retaliated in his own style as he literally thrashed Faulkner by saying, "You're wasting your energy. There's no point. I've smashed you enough in my life. Just go and bowl." Kohli also signalled Faulkner to go back to the bowling crease. He also scored 117 in that match however that went into vain as a Glenn Maxwell blitzkrieg saw Australia home.

James Faulkner really picked the wrong man to have a go at.

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