Justin Langer had criticised Virat Kohli celebrating Australia’s wickets, saying that if his team would have done the same they would the “worst blokes in the world”.
Virat Kohli celebrated the fall of Australian wickets with much passion (Reuters Photo)
- Justin Langer said that that if his team would have celebrated like Virat Kohli, they would the “worst blokes in the world”
- Langer tried to use Virat’s exuberance in projecting how the world had double standards against Australia
- Kohli was booed by some section of the Adeliade OVal crowd when he came out to bat on Day 3
If Australian coach Justin Langer’s comments on Virat Kohli’s celebrations after taking wickets were meant to gain sympathy, that is not going to happen according to Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar.
“Virat Kohli only celebrates with intensity and I see nothing wrong in that. Why is it that Australian cricket has a bad name? Because they would abuse and celebrate. Let [Justin] Langer say what he wants to. He is going to get no sympathy for that,” he told India Today.
Langer had attempted to use Virat’s exuberance in projecting how the world had double standards against Australia. “He’s (Kohli) a superstar of the game and he’s the captain. We’ve talked for as long as I can remember in Australian cricket teams that you want to keep the opposition captain down as much as possible. You love seeing that passion in sport. Mind you I think if we did that at the moment we’d be the worst blokes in the world,” he had said.
Never a fan of verbals on the field, Gavaskar drives home his point by comparing conduct of Australian cricket teams with the most successful West Indies teams of the past. “Even today I saw after Pat Cummins went for a few runs he was having words with KL Rahul. Why do you need to do that when you have gone for runs? Batsmen don’t look to have a word in bowler’s ear after hitting them for runs. That’s why nobody sympathizes with Australia. When a West Indies team struggles today, everyone wants them to do well,” he added.
Speaking about the hostile welocme Virat Kohli got on Day 3; booed by sections of the Adelaide Oval crowd, Gavaskar thought it would do nothing to Virat’s composure, if anything he may be fired to settle the debate on another day of the tour.
“It doesn’t matter if a section of the crowd boos Virat Kohli when he is coming in to bat. Because I understand their dilemma. They want to see this supreme batsman do well in front of them and they also want to needle him. But they want him to react like the way he did in 2012, when he was a young player. Now he is more experienced, a captain and he is not going to react. Except perhaps when he wants to celebrate his hundred by pointing a bat to that section of the crowd,” he said.