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Ranking the top 5 sledges and banter from Australia-India Test series

Rajdeep Puri
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Australia v India - 2nd Test: Day 3
Australia v India - 2nd Test: Day 3

The Indian cricket team created history by becoming the first Asian side to record a Test series victory in Australia. Led by Virat Kohli, India won the series 2-1 after the final day's play of the fourth Test at the SCG was called off due to bad weather. However, if anything, India would have managed to make it 3-1 given the position they were in.

After winning the first Test at Adelaide, India were not able to replicate their performance at Perth, which led to Australia levelling the series. However, India came back strong to dominate Australia at Melbourne before finishing it off at Sydney.

Apart from the magnificent performances on the field by the players from both countries, there was plenty of banter amongst them as well, while on the field. The stump mic caught all of this and the fans watching on TV were treated to some hilarious conversations between the players. A few of these conversations, especially involving Australian captain Tim Paine and Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant will be remembered by fans for years to come.

So, in this article, we rank the top 5 sledges/banter between the players during the Test series.

#5 Nathan Lyon gets under the skin of Hanuma Vihari and Ishant Sharma - Perth

The Aussies were extremely high on confidence during the second Test in Perth as they were cruising to victory.

During the second innings of the match, when they were closing in on the win, Nathan Lyon decided to have a little bit of fun with a few of the Indian batsmen.

It started off with Hanuma Vihari, who was trying to revive India's innings. At the end of his over, Lyon went up to Vihari and said, “Where are you going for your Christmas holiday? I hear Hamilton Island is a nice place."

Later on, with just 2 wickets to go, Lyon had a go at Ishant Sharma when he was taking his guard at the crease.


“Ishant what do you want? What are you looking for?” Lyon asked Ishant. Australia would go on to win the match by 146 runs to level the series 1-1.

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