Prior to the Test series against Australia, Virat Kohli had stated that he won't sledge his rivals as he has matured a lot and there is no place for verbal slugfest in cricket, a statement which was outrightly rejected by Aussies players knowing Virat Kohli’s aggressive nature.
The Indian skipper, however, changed his stance ahead of the first Test and advocated the importance of some sledging and banter to keep the interest going. He once again took the centre stage when Tim Paine, the Aussie skipper, came out to bat on the second day of the first Test match.
The incident took place in the 58th over of Australian innings. Tim Paine was finding hard to negotiate Jasprit Bumrah's line and length and Virat Kohli was constantly saying something from behind the stumps.
Paine defended one of the deliveries and Kohli, fielding in the slips, came forward to say something to his Australian counterpart. While it was not clear what the Indian captain said but Paine didn't pay any head to Virat's verbal volleys.