Virat Kohli’s aggression has won him several matches and admirers, but is he letting things a little out of hand now?
So fiery has Kohli been in the ongoing Test series against Australia that former wicket-keeping great Ian Healy has said he is “losing respect” for the Indian captain.
“The pressure is starting to tell on Kohli. I’m losing respect for him. He’s got to be a lot more respectful of his opponents. The stuff he did with Steve Smith was unacceptable,” Healy was quoted as saying by a Melbourne radio station.
After frequently clashing with his opposite number, Steven Smith, Kohli also tried to tried to unnerve opener Matt Renshaw by reminding him of the now-infamous ‘toilet break’ he took in the Pune Test.
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Healy also said Kohli’s “confrontational attitude” is putting pressure on his teammates.
“I’ve said in the past, he (Kohli) is the best batsman I’ve ever seen. His feistiness and real aggression towards the opposition has been good (in the past), especially when he was not captain…But I think it’s not good for them anymore. He’s really putting some pressure on (his players). You can read pressure all over Ravi Ashwin’s face. I think there are massive cracks showing,” Healy added.
But has Healy lost any respect for former Aussie teams who used to sledge with disdain?
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