Who says sledging has to involve swearing and ugly conversations? Indian wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant showed that sledging can be done in a nice manner and now Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella went a step further and sledged Australian batsman Usman Khawaja in a funny manner.
The incident happened during Australia’s innings in the second Test at Manuka Oval against Sri Lanka. When left-hand batsman Usman Khawaja was batting, Dickwella who was donning the wicket-keeping gloves initiated in a conversation with him.
The Sri Lankan wicket-keeper reminded Khawaja of his poor form and hoped that he gets some runs. Khawaja replied to Dickwella’s comments and tried to reverse the damage.
Dickwella started the conversation by saying that no runs under his belt, no runs under his belt and he only remembers Marsh brothers here.
Khawaja responded to this by saying, ” Do you want me to tell him (Kasun Rijitha) to take the bowling tape off his fingers? I can, but he won’t bowl anymore.”
The Sri Lankan then asked the Aussie batsman whether he is that scared of Riitha’s tape.
Khawaja stated that no and he is just saying that sportsmanship goes both ways.
The Sri Lankan wicket-keeper went further and explained that he really wishes Khawaja could get some runs here. He added that he doesn’t want Khawaja to feel bad after the series watching his team play on TV.
You can watch this conversation here-
However, Dickwella’s sledging made no impact on the Aussie batsman as he went on to score a quick-fire hundred.
Khawaja scored 101 runs off just 136 balls which enabled the hosts to give Sri Lanka a daunting target of 516 runs. At the end of day three, Sri Lanka scored 17 runs without any loss.