SA vs IND 2023: Marco Jansen sledges KL Rahul; batter responds with smile

KL Rahul and Marco Jansen
KL Rahul and Marco Jansen. (Image Credits: Twitter)

In the context of cricket, when two top teams are having a go at each other in the battle, players are bound to unleash their emotions, either by trash-talking or sledge the opposition player. This is a common occurrence in the sport, especially in Test cricket.

The game has witnessed many verbal exchanges between the players, which is often used as a psychological tactic to gain an advantage. The first Test match between South Africa and India at SuperSport Park, Centurion witnessed one such incident that grabbed the fans’ attention.

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Interestingly, it was just one player who lost his cool and became more expressive and animated during the passage of the play. South Africa’s fast bowler Marco Jansen made the headlines after he sledged India star batsman KL Rahul on Day 1 of the Centurion Test.

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KL Rahul chips in with golden response after Marco Jansen sledges him

The drama unfolded during the 45th over of India’s innings when the South African paceman lost his cool and hurled a few words in frustration at the Indian batsman. This came after KL Rahul smashed successive boundaries off Marco Jansen’s bowling a few overs earlier followed by an epic six in just the previous ball.

Marco Jansen vented his frustration by hurling a few words at the star Indian batter. However, KL Rahul responded with a precious smile. The video clip of the same garnered the attention of the cricket fraternity, with the majority of the fans lauding KL Rahul for handling the situation in a calm and composed manner.

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Talking about the game, KL Rahul was the best-performing player for India. He remained unbeaten on 70 runs, wherein he smashed 10 fours and two sixes. The visitors posted 208/8 in 59 overs before the rain interrupted the passage of play, which brought Day 1 to an end. Kagiso Rabada was clinical with the ball as he registered an impressive fifer.

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Chaithanya Gulapala
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