I wanted to stab Virat Kohli with a stump: Ed Cowan
Former Australia opener Ed Cowan revealed that he thought of stabbing Virat Kohli with a stump after an on-field fight.
Published - Mar 31, 2017 3:30 pm | Updated - Mar 31, 2017 3:30 pm
In yet another shocking backlash against India skipper Kohli; Ed Cowan, the former opening batsman from Australia, revealed that he had a heated run-in with Kohli once and wanted to stab him with a stump.
There have been a lot of statements by former Australians against Kohli in the aftermath of one of the most rancorous series played in the recent past. Cowan, who played last of his 18 tests in 2013, said that he was highly upset and hurt by Kohli as he said something highly inappropriate to him during an on-field altercation which made the left-hander think of stabbing him with a stump.
Cowan was quoted as saying by Fox Sports, “I had a very sick Mum during one of those series and he said something that was inappropriate.”
“Why I make the point of ‘lost in translation’, he said something that was highly inappropriate. A personal matter that was highly sensitive. Highly inappropriate. But he didn’t realize that he’d overstepped the mark until the umpire came over and said — ‘Virat that’s overstepping the mark’ — and once that was said, he took a step back and apologized.
“But, there was a moment I wanted to pick up the stump and stab him.”
The Australian cricketers, both former and present, have left no stone unturned in targeting the Indian skipper during and after the series. Though Kohli didn’t make many runs in the series, he was always in the thick of things on and off the field. He shocked the cricketing world by alleging the Australians of cheating during the second Test at Ranchi, revealing that the players were seeking help from the dressing room.
Cowan, who scored 1,001 runs in Test cricket, said that he is a big fan of Kohli’s batting and his statements should not be misunderstood. “I’m a huge fan of his cricket. Don’t get me wrong he’s a phenomenal cricketer. I had a little bit of a run-in that was inappropriate when he toured Australia and the umpire had to intervene.”
“We forget that English isn’t their first language. It’s very easy to sit back and say as a player they’re barking something at me that is inappropriate when we don’t try and converse with them in Hindi.”
The series was over three days ago but the controversial statements from Ex- Australian cricketers haven’t stopped coming in. Earlier, Brad Hodge had alleged Kohli was missing the final Test to be fit in time for the IPL. He later took a U-turn and apologised for his statements.
India finished their home season on a high as they defeated Australia by 2-1 and retained the No. 1 Test ranking.