Virat Kohli speaks his mind on Australia

Feisty and vociferous, Virat Kohli said being termed a ‘spoilt brat’ by the Australians worked in his favour as he scored a sensational 169 against Australia in the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

“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,” Kohli was reported as saying during a press conference.

He didn’t mince his words when asked if he admired the Australian team, “I have got a nice friendship with a few of them. I respect quite a few of them, but someone who doesn’t respect me I have no reason to respect him.”

The 272-ball 169 is Kohli’s highest score in Test cricket and his fourth century against Australia down under, two (115 and 141) coming in the first test at Adelaide.

Kohli was involved in a 262-run stand with centurion (147) Ajinkya Rahane, which helped India inch closer to the mammoth total of 530 posted by the hosts. India finished Day Three at 462 for eight.