Former Australian specialist wicketkeeper Ian Healy said that he is losing respect for Indian skipper Virat Kohli because of his constant sledging of the Australians in the second Test. However, he observes it differently.
Aussie right-hand middle-order batsman Healy said that Kohli insulted Australian and he should tone down his marquee on-field hostility. He more said that Kohli aggressive mindset is putting force on his teammates.
Australian former player Simon Katich presented an entirely different review. He feels that neither side crossed the line when tensions were unclear considering the magnitude of the series between the two top-ranked Test sides.
On the day 2 of the second Test in Bengaluru, Kohli was on a sledging binge. Later than, informal exchanges between Kohli and Steve Smith, Kohli tried to set back Aussie opener batsman Matt Renshaw by reminding him of the toilet break he took in the first Test in Pune.
When asked by Melbourne radio station SEN, Healy said “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 feels that Kohli’ actions were an unwanted force onto his teammates. The 52-year-old Healy, who was a veteran player of 119-Test, said that “I’ve said in the past, he (Kohli) is the best batsman I’ve never seen. His feistiness and real aggressive towards the opposition has been good (in the past), especially when he was not captain.”
“It would lead his team with him. They’re more timid than they look and they let on, the Indian cricketers. So Kohli’s aggressive was good for them. But I think it’s not good for them anymore,” he said.
“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 in (Kohli).”
Australian former player Simon Katich said Steve Smith and Kohli carry a tense condition to a vital Test with aplomb.
Katich said on an ABC’s Grandstand at Stumps podcast, “I thought both of them handled it extremely well. You could tell there was a lot of emotion out there, India were desperate for wickets. They know Steve Smith is a huge wicket.”
“I think Steve Smith handled it well too; he had a bit of a laugh. He took the Mickey out of Ishant, Ishant took the Mickey out of him. The umpires handled it well. All in all, the captains both deserve a lot of credit because that could have easily gotten out of hand. It could have gotten out of hand but it didn’t courtesy of the two captains,” he added.