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Kohli is amazingly superb in all three formats: Mitchell Johnson

Virat Kohli of India falls Mitchell Johnson
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 28: Virat Kohli of India falls to the ground after being hit by a throw at the stumps from bowler Mitchell Johnson of Australia during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 28, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Mitchell Johnson and Virat Kohli were the main participants of the battle of words that happened in 2014 during the Adelaide Test. Though the fiery fast bowler has kept his personal rivalry aside and praised Virat for his world dominance. The Australian who has 590 international wickets to him name claimed that Virat has matured over the years and has calmed down.

He does not over celebrate when he scores a century. The 35-year-old was quoted by One India as saying, “Now Virat has been extremely mature. He has been more calm and quite while batting. Now I see he does not look ecstatic even after scoring a century. His maturity has guided to reach the highest level of the game.”

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Johnson has been on the receiving end of one of Kohli’s over ecstatic century celebrations in 2014. He sent kisses to the Australian fast bowlers when he reached the 100-run mark. The Indian skipper surely is over such stuff now.

The more daunting thing is that Johnson observed the easiness with which Kohli plays both fasters and the spinners. “He is amazingly superb in all three formats of the game nowadays. I am also astonished to have watched the regality in his batting against both the spinners as well as against the fast bowlers also,”

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He believes that the Australian fast bowlers are hard at work on and off the field to deal with the Kohli-storm. “I hope our bowlers have had an intense preparation on and off the pitch about how to find out weakness of Kohli,” he said.

He also advised the fast bowlers to continue to do so during the Test series as the Indian run machine is always improving. “They must have to do it during the Test series also. Otherwise, Kohli will be as destructive as he has been against our bowlers also,” Johnson advised.

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