Mitchell Johnson criticizes Virat Kohli: Former Australian spearhead seemed unhappy with the Indian captain’s actions.
Former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson sounded unhappy as he criticized India captain Virat Kohli for not standing by his words.
Before the Test series had begun, Kohli had laid emphasis on him not needing to get involved in anything with the opposition or initiating something. Having said that, only into the second Test and Kohli was at the top of the verbal game as he was constantly seen in Australia captain Tim Paine’s ears.
While no line was crossed during the stoush, umpire Chris Gaffaney eventually had to interfere to make sure that the two captains stay within their limits.
The 37-year old didn’t anything wrong in the ‘battle’ but was of the opinion that Kohli should have stuck by his words. “I’ve had my battles. I’ve always enjoyed the battles out in the middle,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with Fox Sports.
“I think from Virat’s point of the view, being the captain, coming into this series saying that he wouldn’t initiate these kinds of stoushes. We saw a lot of that [initiation] yesterday when the [Indian] bowlers were doing well.
“Look, I don’t mind something like that but if you are going to say something like that in the paper or media and go against your word, you’ve got to expect something back in return. I still like the battle out there. It’s in good interest of the game. But Australia are in the top here,” Johnson added.
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.@MitchJohnson398 weighs in on the Paine v Kohli battle.
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 17, 2018
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Who’s at fault here? Or play on? https://t.co/oSuoUXQ2uG
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 17, 2018
Here comes the 🐐
— 7 Cricket (@7Cricket) December 17, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 17, 2018
A big Test for Vijay. He is getting on and needs to show he can do it. https://t.co/glTQJPuDMm
— Mihir Bose (@mihirbose) December 17, 2018