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Virat Kohli is disrespectful and Perth Test made him look silly: Mitchell Johnson

first_imgFormer Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is not impressed with how Virat Kohli shook hands and barely made any eye-contact with Tim Paine at the conclusion of the second Test between India and Australia in Perth on Tuesday.Australia beat India by 146 runs on the final day to level the four-match series 1-1 at the Optus stadium.At the end of the match, Kohli and Paine were seen shaking hands but the Indian captain looked visibly disappointed at his team’s loss.Johnson was extremely critical of Kohli’s behaviour during the Test.”At the end of the match, you should be able to look each other in the eyes, shake hands and say ‘great contest’,” Johnson wrote in a column for Fox Sports.”Virat Kohli could not do that with Tim Paine, shaking the Australian captain’s hand but barely making eye contact with him. To me, that is disrespectful.1-1 going into the Boxing Day Test. It doesn’t get much bigger!Be there: https://t.co/bRUCcSykGl #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/2hy6jDRgHycricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018″Kohli gets away with more than most cricketers simply because he is Virat Kohli and he gets placed on a pedestal but this Test left the Indian captain looking silly,” he added.The two captains were consistently involved in banter during the match but both insisted that no line was crossed.”I think he brings out the competitive spirit in a lot of people”The two skippers have their say on the Perth verbals #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/Axs17biHyzadvertisementcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018But reports in Australian media claimed that the world’s No.1 Test and ODI batsman boasted about being the best in the business during the showdowns.The BCCI however, came out in support of Kohli, saying the statement attributed to Kohli was just hearsay and he never bragged about himself.Johnson said that Kohli didn’t his keep words after making pre-series claims that he won’t initiate any confrontations.”Kohli has contradicted the things he said at the start of the series. He said he was a changed person – that he was coming in with a different attitude to last time and wasn’t going to initiate anything. What we saw this Test says otherwise,” he wrote.”From my experiences with him and what I am seeing as an observer now, not much has changed. It was disappointing and that is not the only area where he let himself down.”Johnson was also offended with Kohli for not acknowledging the standing ovation at Perth stadium after his dismissal.”To me the catch was given out so you accept it and move on and as a player who has scored a hundred you acknowledge the standing ovation,” he said.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Virat Kohli surpasses Brian Lara with sixth hundred in a losing cause as captainAlso Read | Virat Kohli was confident of chasing down 287. Numbers don’t back him upAlso Read | Virat Kohli best batsman but world’s worst-behaved player: Naseeruddin ShahAlso Read | Team India no saints, they started sledging war in Australia: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more