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"Kohli should practice sledging himself in the mirror, maybe he will start scoring runs" - Fans roast Virat Kohli as his sledging triggers Jonny Bairstow's inner beast 

Jonny Bairstow (R) has looked a completely different batter ever since Virat Kohli sledged him. (P.C:ecb.co.uk)
Jonny Bairstow (R) has looked a completely different batter ever since Virat Kohli sledged him. (P.C:ecb.co.uk)
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Anuj Nitin Prabhu

Virat Kohli seems to have woken up the sleeping giant inside Jonny Bairstow, who has begun to turn the screws against India at Edgbaston.

Bairstow initially struggled to time the ball and was lucky not to be dismissed on two to three occasions on Sunday, Day 3 of the fifth Test. Seeing that he was not able to find the middle of his bat, Virat Kohli sledged him and there was a heated exchange between the two.

This seems to have triggered Bairstow's inner beast, as he went from a staid 13 off 61 balls to score a ridiculous 78 in the next 52 and close in on his fifth Test hundred this year.

With this knock, Jonny Bairstow has taken the lead in the run-scoring charts in Test cricket this year.

Fans on Twitter slammed Virat Kohli for unnecessarily needling Bairstow as the latter is now in the mood to bring England roaring back into the Test. Here are some of the reactions:

Bairstow scoring runs cos of Kohli is obviously a stupid narrative, but a very good one at that... Failure with the bat, dropped catch, responsible for a century. Still jumping around shamelessly 😂
Jonny Bairstow was batting on 13 off 61 balls when Virat Kohli had an animated chat with him, asked him to shut up and focus. Since then he has scored 75 runs off just 45 deliveries. If only he needed some extra motivation. #ENGvIND
Kohli and Bairstow today. 🤦 https://t.co/M5pekQvGTv
@mufaddal_vohra Virat kohli crying inside on seeing bairstow thrashing him 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤡
Wonder whether Kohli might live to regret baiting Bairstow
@Pranjal_one8 Kohli himself has not done anything in last 3 years and taking to best batsman as if has been scoring lots of runs,Now Bairstow is firing Indian attack. @imVkohli should be sacked for his childish behaviour. @BCCI
@CricCrazyJohns Kohli aimlessly fighting Bairstow , man just calm down , don't chat shit when you can't chat with your bat
For all you know, Kohli may just be recommending a tyre to Bairstow.
@JimmyNeesh Kohli actually is playing from opposition this match.... Dropped catch, failed in batting and now made Bairstow angry
Yesterday kohli hugged Bairstow and today he is abusing him. These RCB players are snake . Never trust them . https://t.co/6inCgpSWBD
Bairstow started hitting every ball just after Kohli vs Bairstow rivalry
Mjy ihno ny captaincy sy hataya mar inko or mar 😂 https://t.co/kN2X3f2V4N
Kohli brother, Bairstow is the last person you wanna fire up🥲
Bro, Bairstow really took a leaf out of Kohli's book right in front of him after Kohli sledged him. 😭🙏🏼 twitter.com/Cricket_Savant…
Bairstow started his engine now. Thanks ra Kohli
Hope Kohli also follows Bairstow then. Whatever Bairstow is doing is atleast bringing him runs and winning matches for his team twitter.com/mufaddal_vohra…
Bairstow at the end of that Kohli sledging over: 16* off 64.Since then: 75* off 49. Kohli's gone silent and top work from cameramen showing him again n again.
Why do opposing teams keep making Jonny Bairstow angry lol, he gets 10x better. Give him a gift basket each morning, let him know you’re having his car valeted while he’s batting. Anything to keep him happy 😂
@mufaddal_vohra Atleast Kohli Should not be saying this these days
Kohli please sledge yourself just like you did with Bairstow 🥺😭 please do it with yourself
All Those Bairstow's play and misses were the last 2 year's dismissals of Virat Kohli.
Kohli should practice sledging himself in the mirror, maybe he will start scoring runs. #bairstow
Our doom is written here, a fired up bairstow is worse than death 🙏
Horrible Virat Kohli ..........that's why u r very tiny in front of the Great Sachin Tendulkar #INDvsENG
Jonny Bairstow Strike Rate -:Pre Sledging - 21Post Sledging - 140Virat Kohli makes Test Match Special ❤️
Jonny Bairstow to Virat Kohli rn - https://t.co/bU6gVsGRhY

Jonny Bairstow leads England fightback on Day 3

There were doubts even after England's 3-0 win over New Zealand about whether they would be able to implement their fearless 'BazBall' approach against a quality Indian pace attack.

Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami started Day 3 brilliantly as both Stokes and Jonny Bairstow had their fair share of luck. Stokes played a few attacking shots and was soon dismissed. Bairstow, after struggling a bit at the start, soon found his mojo and began to smash the Indian bowlers all around the park.

The 32-year-old took a special liking to Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur, who were inconsistent in their line and length. In just over 18 overs in the first session, England have already scored 116 runs and are presently at 200/6, 216 runs behind India's first-innings total.

The lunch break and rain intervention will give Jasprit Bumrah and his men some valuable time to regroup as they look to get rid of Bairstow at the earliest.


Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee
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