MELBOURNE: After scoring his third Test hundred of the tour, Virat Kohli said he was left with no good reason to respect pacer Mitchell Johnson.
Virat Kholi said that he got no reason to respect Mitchel Jhonson and some of the other Australia players after verbals flew “throughout the day” at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The squabbling reached its peak when Johnson fielded in his follow-through and threw back at the striker’s stumps. There was a genuine case for Johnson trying to run Kohli out and the throw was headed for the stumps when it hit Kohli, who was trying to get back into his crease.
“I was really annoyed with him hitting me with the ball, and I told him that’s not on. ‘Try and hit the stumps next time, not my body’,” Kohli said.
“You have got to send the right message across. I am not there to take to some unnecessary words or chats from someone. I am going there to play cricket, back myself. There’s no good reason that I should respect unnecessarily some people when they are not respecting me.”
Kohli said this attitude from Australia helped him play better, which he said might be one of the reasons why five of his nine hundreds have come against them.
“It was going on throughout the day, They were calling me a spoilt brat, and I said, ‘Maybe that’s the way I am. You guys hate me, and I like that.’ I don’t mind having a chat on the field, and it worked in my favour I guess,” the Indian vice-captain said.
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