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Virat Kohli: The world’s worst behaved player?


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After Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah, former Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson has criticized Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his disrespectful behavior on-field in a Test match against Australia. Indian skipper Virat Kohli had a heated exchange with his Australian counterpart Tim Paine just before the conclusion of the second match of the four test match series, that Australia won by 146 runs.

Kohli and Paine were involved in the heated conversation in the final session on day three as Australia headed closer to the victory on day four, the stump microphones picked up the opposing skippers exchanging some words before the umpires intervened.

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Mitchell Johnson called Virat Kohli’s behavior as “disrespectful” and “silly”. He said “At the end of the match, you should be able to look each other in the eyes, shake hands and say ‘great contest’,”

“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.” “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.

Former Australian cricketer, Ricky Ponting also criticized the Indian skipper for his unpleasant manifestation of behavior as a losing captain. If you’re playing good cricket you don’t need to do that,” Ponting told. “Let your bat, let the ball do the talking and impose your skills on the opposition.

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“If you can be more skillful and outplay your opponents in key moments then walking around with a smile on your face is quite easy,” Ponting added. “I think Tim stood up manfully,” Ponting said. “He stood up for himself, he stood up for his team and more importantly he got some vital runs and really led the way.”

Indian veteran actor, Naseeruddin Shah has a few days back slammed Kohli in his Facebook post. He stated, “Virat Kohli is not only the world’s best batsman but also the world’s worst behaved player.” He added, “Kohli’s cricketing brilliance pales beside his arrogance and bad manners… And I have no intention of leaving the country by the way.”


Last part of his comment was referring to Virat Kohli’s remarks when he had told a fan that he should leave India; the fan had said that he liked English and Australian batsmen more than Indian batsmen.

Soon after his comments, several Twitter users strongly agreed with the Shah’s comments, while others failed to see his point.

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