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Jonny Bairstow: Verbal exchange with Virat Kohli part and parcel of game, says Jonny Bairstow | Cricket News – Times of India

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BIRMINGHAM: Star England batter Jonny Bairstow has performed down the heated verbal trade he had with senior India participant Virat Kohli through the third day of the rescheduled fifth Test, saying it was half and parcel of the sport.
During the morning session on Sunday, Kohli had one thing to say to Bairstow about his ‘play and miss’ sport however the England batter wasn’t somebody to take it flippantly. At one level, the umpires needed to intervene to chill down tempers.
“Nah, there was literally nothing to it,” Bairstow, who hit 106 off 140 balls, stated when requested concerning the heated trade with Kohli.
“We’ve played against each other for a solid 10 years now. It’s a bit of craic (having good time, enjoyable social activity). We’re fiercely competitive on the field and that’s what it’s about.
“We’re taking part in Test cricket and we’re two rivals. It brings the perfect out of us. Whatever it takes, you need to get your crew over the road and that is half and parcel of the sport.”
After that altercation, Bairstow started chancing his arms and played a lot of lofted shots over mid-off and clipped a few towards the mid-wicket boundary.
Asked at the press conference after the third day’s play if Kohli was “poking the bear”, Bairstow replied, “It’s a pleasant pun that in it, actually.

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“We’ve been fortunate to play against each other for over 10 years now. So, we have had some battles on the field.
“I’m fairly positive we will have dinner. Don’t fear about that,” said Bairstow.
Bairstow’s century was the cornerstone of England’s 284 in reply to India’s 416, a first innings deficit of 132 runs for the hosts. India were 125 for 3 at stumps on day three, extending their overall lead to 257 runs.
England are facing the prospect of a daunting fourth-innings target but Bairstow said “no matter we’re set, we’ll attempt to chase.”
He also talked about the challenge of facing India’s new ball pair of Mohammed Shami and stand-in skipper Jasprit Bumrah, who were able to bowl almost unchanged through the first 30 overs of the innings.
“They bowled very properly. The ball was swinging and it was nearly attempting to shift that momentum again. Trying to control the sector into locations you are in a position to rating. But you are additionally going to need to take a few dangers.”
Asked whether technical improvements had driven his extraordinary run of form, Bairstow replied, “Got no concept.”

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