The view of KL Rahul tapping Aaron Finch on his belly and also the Australians having a laugh over it or Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell laughing out with their arms around each other’s shoulders. This all was something that didn’t happen before on the ground between these two teams and wasn’t even seen ever before till now in the India-Australia series. But this had now happened during the India’s limited-overs leg of the ongoing series.
Sliding down was far-off, in fact there were no stares after a bouncer ball was bowled, no celebration by any bowler or batsman on field and not even a sarcastic banter showed up. Rahul went ahead to wish good luck to the young Cameron Green for his international debut and asked him to go well.
The heat of the past years was gone and the viewers hardly missed the battles on the field. It was as if the bowler just bowled and the batsman just batted and it was a routine and as usual for both.
The Test series might be different for them, though. Whether it’s a Monkeygate drama, the Virat Kohli-Mitchell Johnson words war, the Kohli-Steve Smith skirmish, the Kohli-Tim Paine on-field exchange, the Sydney Test in which the Indian captain Anil Kumble went on record and said that only one side of the team respected the spirit of the game or the angry altercation that happened between Michael Slater and Rahul Dravi. Test matches between the two teams have often seen tempers and the temperature rises too.
Australian vice captain Pat Cummins said that he wouldn’t be surprised if with the players are willing in getting baked in the sun a couple of more hours each day, the Test match starts getting a little fiery.
Cheteshwar Pujara, a player who was the man of the series during the India’s 2018-19 Test series victory which was held in Australia. He is of the opinion that sledging is overrated and irrelevant. He doesn’t think someone can win a lot many battles with sledging, he replied downplaying the role of any war of words between the two teams.
Young Shubman Gill, on the other hand said that the team has plenty of great moves in store to counter the Australia’s sledging challenge.
David Warner, before injuring his adductor muscle had stated that he won’t respond to any sledging attempts even if Indian players or Virat Kohli’s men try to wind him up with verbal taunts. The Indian Premier League is a big factor for the Australians who are not going overboard these days.
Several Australian players, including Warner, are a part of the IPL now. Therefore, even if they want to get stuck into some player, they know at back of their mind that in a few months they will have to share the same team bus. For the fans and the cricket lovers however, the fun does get sucked out.
Ajit Agarkar said that IPL has made the situation between the teams more better. But it is never fun to see that. He said that it shouldn’t be so over-friendly like the white-ball leg. He don’t think there is anything wrong with a bit of chirping. You still want to see that competitiveness between the players and the team.
If at all the Aussies sledge, it may be left to the players who are not a part of the IPL teams currently to take up the onus. Mohammad Kaif said that all the players who play in the IPL, whether it is Steve Smith, David Warner or Pat Cummins, none of them will be fighting now. Tim Paine does not play and he knows that he is not going to come back to India. He said that he does not have anything to do with the IPL and so he can confront the Indians.