‘Isko Hindi nahi aati’: Sarfaraz tries to sledge Shoaib Bashir England spinner responds in Hindi – WATCH


Test cricket is no stranger to the intense competition and occasional sledging that comes bundled with it. Among the newest faces in the cricketing arena, Sarfaraz Khan is quickly acclimating to the intensity of international cricket, showing both his prowess with the bat and his mettle in engaging with opponents. Following his impressive debut against England in Rajkot, where he notched up 130 runs across two innings, Sarfaraz took to the field in Ranchi for his second Test match. While his first outing was noteworthy for his batting display, his second game highlighted his growing comfort on the international stage—a comfort that translated into some playful sledging.

The 26-year-old, positioned in close proximity to the batsman at silly point, did not hold back when Shoaib Bashir, the English skipper, approached the crease. It was Day 2 of the fourth Test, and England had already lost the wicket of Ollie Robinson. Sarfaraz, seizing the moment, quipped in Hindi, “Arre yar, isse pata hai kuch kaisa khelna hai? Isse Hindi nahi aati hai, badhiya chalo (Does he even know how to play? He doesn’t know Hindi as well. Come on guys).”

Unbeknownst to Sarfaraz, Bashir was quick on the uptake and responded in kind, showcasing his understanding of the local language by replying, “Thodi thodi aati hai (I know it a little bit).” This exchange between the Indian cricketer and the England skipper caught the attention of all present, turning into a light-hearted moment that has since gone viral on the internet.

While the friendly banter drew smiles, it could not detract from the serious contest playing out on the pitch. Ravindra Jadeja, the Indian bowler known for his shrewd bowling, delivered a performance that saw him claim multiple wickets within a single over. This breakthrough gave the Indian side some much-needed relief after England solidified their position with a 102-run partnership between Robinson and the steadfast Joe Root. Jadeja’s prowess ensured that not only Robinson but also Bashir and James Anderson succumbed to his spell, granting him a memorable four-wicket haul for the innings.

Despite England’s stumbling, Joe Root stood as a bastion of resistance, remaining unbeaten with a masterful 122. Scoring his 31st Test century, Root’s skill was pivotal in taking England from a precarious 112/5 to a commendable final score of 353 all out. His performance was particularly significant given the state of the pitch in Ranchi, which, unlike the benign surfaces of previous venues, appeared fraught with challenges from day one. The potentially spinner-friendly conditions, exemplified by dry patches and visible cracks, hinted at an emerging role for England’s spinners in the unfolding contest.

As the match progressed, the condition of the pitch and the implications for the gameplay were strategic factors both teams had to consider. With the surface providing varied bounce and turn, the role of spinners, both for the Indian and the English side, became increasingly pronounced as the game ventured into its later stages.

This game, emblematic of the enduring spirit of Test cricket, showcased the contrasting facets that make it captivating—the gritty determination of batsmen like Sarfaraz on debut and Joe Root in his prime, the guile of bowlers like Jadeja exploiting the terrain, and even the unexpected cultural exchanges between players of different backgrounds. Each element contributed to the rich tapestry of the Test match narrative, one that continues to grip audiences worldwide with its unpredictable twists and enduring charm.

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