Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella revealed what happened between him, Mohammed Shami and Virat Kohli on Day 5 of the 1st Test between Sri Lanka and India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
He admitted trying to kill some time to avoid defeat after doing so well in the first three days of the test.
“How it all started was, I hit a six over square leg. There were three fielders behind square on the leg side and I brought that to the notice of the umpire Nigel Llong. A no-ball was called and then Virat Kohli came towards me and told me that that’s the umpires’ job and you don’t worry. That’s how it all started,” Dickwella told “Cricbuzz” on Wednesday.
“I thought, hang on, this is a good opportunity to get into an argument and kill some time. Kohli quickly realized what my intentions were and started walking back. Then the Mohammed Shami thing happened. It was funny I thought, I would like to think that I won that battle,” he added.
“Shami came up to me and said, ‘Look here, I am the local boy. I am from Kolkata.’ Then I said, ‘I don’t give a damn.’ A few seconds later, I said, ‘But you are bowling with good pace and bounce.’ Perhaps he was happy with the compliment and started walking back.
“I was taking my time while I was batting and Shami was rushing to bowl and that didn’t go down too well with the Indians. I was so happy to be in that situation. The captain was on the other side and was guiding me asking me to be calm and play the normal game and they will get frustrated,” he continued.
“I always enjoy the battle out in the middle. I like to be involved and get under the opposition’s skin even when I am keeping wickets I try to do that. I always look to put the pressure back on the opposition. That was a good chance to kill some time as well. I guess they lost about two or three overs. I don’t want to go on the backfoot anytime. Even in a fight, if you are being attacked by someone, if you take a backfoot, there’s a good chance you will lose the fight. Similarly, if they attack me, I will hit back,” he concluded. (Cricbuzz).
Regardless of the back to back dismissals, Sri Lanka went on to save the test with three wickets to spare as bad light stopped play.
The second test is all set to commence in Nagpur tomorrow.
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