Virat Kohli is out of control, thinks Australian great Mike Hussey
Kohli has been involved in quite a few heated exchanges during the ongoing Perth Test.
Updated - Dec 17, 2018 4:09 pm
Before the start of the ongoing Test series between India and Australia, India skipper Virat Kohli had raised quite a few eyebrows with a surprising statement. Kohli had said that he would be happy to play a series Down Under without any on and off-field drama.
“When it comes to getting engaged in an argument, or a fight, as people like to call it excitedly, I have been completely okay with playing without an altercation. At a personal level, I don’t need to find these things anymore. I have enough belief in my abilities that I can play without a reason to pump myself up,” Kohli had said.
Remaining true to his words, the ever-energetic Kohli stayed away from any sledging for the first eight days of the Test series. The Adelaide Test did not witness any major incident while the first two days of the ongoing Perth Test were not an exception either.
Well, it was just a time-bomb waiting to explode and it finally did on the third day. Kohli was at his animated best as he tried to get under the skin of the Australian players especially skipper Tim Paine. Such was the heat of the moment that Paine ended up calling him a bighead. Not only that, Kohli also encouraged teammates and fans in equal measure; passionately gesturing, appealing and celebrating. At one stage, he even urged the fans in the crowd to make more noise.
Hussey not impressed
But while Kohli’s attitude and conduct might be appealing to the fans, it did not go down well with former Australia batsman Mike Hussey. The batting great slammed the India star, saying that he is out of control. Former Australia skipper Alan Border was also critical of the 30-year-old’s attitude and said he hasn’t witnessed any captain carry on like the way Kohli did.
“Kohli is out of control … I don’t like his attitude at the moment,” Hussey was quoted as saying by Macquarie Sports Radio.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen any captain carry on like that,” Border told Fox Cricket.
Meanwhile, India bowled out Australia for 243 in the second innings to claw their way back in the game. Australia were placed 190 for 4 at lunch on day four and looked set to score well in excess of 300. However, Mohammed Shami’s 6-fer helped the visitors pick the remaining six wickets for just 53 runs.
~ Written by Bijoy