Is Virat Kohli the worst-behaved cricket player? Former greats say Indian skipper needs to mellow down

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New Delhi | Published: December 18, 2018 12:48:20 PM

Sanjay Manjrekar has also raised questions about Kohli's on-field antics and underlined that there was a need to behave "responsibly", according to reports.

Virat Kohli

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has come in for some serious tongue-lashing from former Indian and Australian cricketing greats over his on-field controversies. All hell broke loose after Kohli and Australian captain and wicket-keeper Tim Paine got embroiled in a verbal spat on field during the second Test in the ongoing series down under. The on-field umpire had to intervene and stop the warring cricketers.

Kohli’s on-field antics have irked a few former cricketers who have sent a note of caution to India’s talisman.

Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has strongly criticised Kohli’s on-field behaviour and said Indian players must now be ready to face some sledging from the Australians. Gavaskar said that the display of such behaviour was not in “our DNA”.

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Sanjay Manjrekar has also raised questions about Kohli’s on-field antics and underlined that there was a need to behave “responsibly”, according to reports. Talking about Kohli’s aggression, former world cup winning Australian captain Michael Clarke has also pointed out that he was “doing a lot”.

Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor and “Mr. Cricket” Mike Hussey have also warned Kohli and asked him not to let his on-field behaviour go “out of control”. Former Australian fast bowler Damien Fleming has said that there was a “sign” that Kohli “was starting to lose it”.

India was handed a crushing defeat by dominant Australia in second test match in Perth. Kohli-led Indian side capitulated and surrendered a rare hard-earned ascendancy in a series Down Under. The hosts levelled the four-match series 1-1 with next match is scheduled to begin on December 26 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

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