Justin Langer discusses Virat Kohli’s advice to Steve Smith following his ugly dismissal in the World Tour Championship final. “That’s right, it was a rubbish shot,” Smith answer.
Former India captain Virat Kohli was overheard slamming Steve Smith following Day 3 of the current World Test Championship final. Notably, the Australian legend dismiss for 34 runs in the second innings while performing an extraordinary shot, which he rarely plays in Test cricket. Talking about it, Kohli made a remark to Smith, labeling it a “rubbish shot,” to which Smith concurred.
In revealing the debate, Justin Langer remarked that any other cricketer would have ignored the comment, but Smith was courteous enough to accept it and agree on the same.
“Virat Kohli approached Steve Smith and told him, ‘Rubbish shot yesterday.'” Steve Smith simply stared at him. He would have said ‘anything’ if someone else had said it. “That’s right, its a rubbish shot,” he reply. If 99.9% of the population said that to Steve Smith, he’d say ‘whatever’. But coming from Virat, one genius to another, he goes ‘OK, fair enough,'” Langer remarked during commentary, which ICC uploaded on Instagram.
India needs 280 runs to win the historic Test
In the history of Test cricket, no team has ever chased 444 runs in the fourth innings. Thus, India faces a challenging assignment as they need 280 runs on the fifth day to win the World Test Championship for the second time. Notably, the Rohit Sharma-led team started brightly, but a contentious decision to remove Shubman Gill drew attention. Nonetheless, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara form a solid middle-order partnership. Both batsmen were force to walk back to the pavilion in the third session of the last day.
Currently, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are batting in the middle, and their 71-run partnership has given India some hope of accomplishing the inconceivable. They will need a strong start to do the job on Day 5, while Australia will need seven more wickets to win another ICC championship.