[Watch] Jonny Bairstow’s On-Field Verbal Banter with Gill and Sarfaraz

During the fifth Test match between India and England in Dharamsala, things got heated on the field as Indian fielders Shubman Gill and Sarfaraz Khan got into a heated exchange of words with England batter Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow, curious about Gill’s chat with James Anderson from the previous day, started the conversation. But it quickly escalated when Sarfaraz made a biting comment about Bairstow’s performance in the series.

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Jonny Bairstow’s On-Field Verbal Banter with Gill and Sarfaraz

Bairstow, in his 100th Test match, faced the brunt of Indian fielders’ words as he engaged in verbal sparring with them. The conversation, picked up by the stump mic, started innocently with Bairstow asking Gill about his chat with Anderson. However, things turned sour when Gill retaliated with a jibe about Bairstow’s centuries. The banter continued as Bairstow fired back, and eventually, Sarfaraz jumped in with a cutting remark about Bairstow’s recent runs.

The conversation went as follows

Bairstow: What did you say to Jimmy about him retiring?

Gill: Retire.Bairstow: Then he got you out next ball.

Gill: So what? …. He can get me out after 100. How many 100s did you score?

Bairstow: How many did you score? Full stop.

Another player [apparently keeper Dhruv Jurel] chipped in and was heard commenting:

“Jonny bhai, easy”

Sarfaraz then joined in and remarked:

“Chup baithne bol isko. Thoda sa run kya bana liye zyaada uchal raha hai.” [Ask him to keep quiet. He has just scored a few runs]

Banter Continues

The verbal exchanges didn’t stop with Bairstow. On Day 2, Gill and Anderson had their own chat after Gill hit a six off Anderson’s bowling. Gill cleverly dodged questions about their conversation, preferring to keep it private. However, this exchange seemed to set the tone for Bairstow’s confrontation with Gill on the following day.

As England hoped for a solid start in their second innings, they were met with disappointment as they lost wickets early on Day 3. Ravichandran Ashwin, also celebrating his 100th Test, wreaked havoc by dismissing key English batters including Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, and Ollie Pope. Bairstow tried to hold the fort but fell victim to Kuldeep’s sharp turning delivery.

Indian Dominance on Display


While the verbal sparring was going on, India continued their dominant performance on the field, particularly with the ball. By lunch on Day 3, they had England struggling at 103/5 in their second innings. Bairstow, after a quick cameo, was dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav, adding to England’s woes.

Adding insult to injury for England, Ashwin further dismantled their batting lineup by clean bowling Ben Stokes, who had a tough series with the bat. Stokes’ dismissal highlighted England’s struggles throughout the Test match, as they faced the prospect of a massive defeat at the hands of the dominant Indian team.

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The fifth Test match in Dharamsala not only showcased India’s cricketing prowess but also saw fiery exchanges on the field. While India continued to dominate with the ball, England faced setbacks both in terms of their batting performance and in the verbal sparring with Indian fielders. As the match progressed, it became evident that India was on the path to securing yet another victory, leaving England with much to ponder on their journey back home.

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