From badinage to the ire, within the limits and few over the lines, sledging has always been a common part of cricket.
Defined for the dummies: The verbal use of comments to intimidate or put off an opposing team player.
Apparently, the purpose is to try to weaken the opponent's concentration, and cause him to underperform.
With the batsman standing within hearing range of the bowler and certain close fielders; and vice-versa, it can be effective, yes.
In shorter words, ‘MENTAL DISINTEGRATION’, as former Australian captain, Steve Waugh puts it.
As to whether this reflects poor sportsmanship or good-humoured banter, the debate is still not closed in the cricketing world.
Sparks to insults, the comments have varied over the intensity.
Well, Sport is a well-priced package deal: Not just the game, we have personalities, rivalries, the ecstasy of wins, the disappointment of loses, arguments and along with all, few laughs.