Australia vs India: Sanjay Manjrekar criticised Virat Kohli for his on field sledging

"You have to behave responsibly."

Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It has been a very exciting Test series between India and Australia. The second Test of the series in Perth has been very exciting. Both the teams are playing with a lot of intensity, and teams are leaving no stone unturned to gain an advantage. The two captains Virat Kohli and Tim Paine have indulged in sledging on the field.

Yesterday, Virat Kohli said that India can take a 2-0 lead if Tim Paine messes up. The Indian captain said this to put pressure on Paine who had just survived an appeal. The Australian was not in a mood to take the sledging lying down. He replied the star Indian batsman by reminding him that he has to bat for India to take a 2-0 lead.


The two captains came face to face again on Day 4. When Virat Kohli came to field near the non-striker, Tim Paine decided to take a jibe. Tim Paine reminded Virat Kohli that he was the one who lost the cool on Day 3.

Chris Gaffaney came between Virat Kohli and Tim Paine

Chris Gaffaney decided enough was enough as he tried to calm the captains. He reminded both captains of their responsibilities and asked them to carry on the game. Tim Paine defended himself by saying that they are just having a conversation.

Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar did not like the behaviour of Virat Kohli. He claimed that Kohli’s poor on-field behaviour would have been highlighted more if he was not a champion player.

“Virat Kohli is such a champion player that we kind of accept everything he does on the pitch. Had Virat Kohli not been the champion player he is, some of his antics on the field would have created quite a stir,” Manjrekar said during the lunch break on Sony.

Michael Clarke defended Virat Kohli

He further added that Kohli needs to be more responsible in such situations. “You have to behave responsibly at times though. There are others ways to score runs. What I mean is brand Virat Kohli helps him get away with his on-field behaviour,” he further added.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke defended Virat Kohli’s behaviour. He claimed that aggression is part of Kohli’s game and it is not possible to take it away from him. “I mean yes you can feel he’s doing a lot but that’s just part of him. You see the same aggression while he’s batting and I mean we all want him to keep scoring so you can’t just ask him to cut that aggression,” Michael Clarke said about Virat Kohli.

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