Sanjay Manjrekar reckons Kohli’s reaction to his controversial dismissal in the first innings was uncalled for. @ Twitter
Sanjay Manjrekar reckons Kohli’s reaction to his controversial dismissal in the first innings was uncalled for. @ Twitter

Perth: The second Test between India and Australia is slowly, but surely turning out to be heated with verbal duels between the two captains – Virat Kohli and Tim Paine – taking centrestage on the morning of the fourth day at Perth’s new Optus Stadium on Monday.

During the 71st over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah, Kohli and Paine, who began with their heated exchange the day before, were engaged in a heated battle after Kohli decided to field close to the non-striker. It reached a stage that umpire Chris Gaffaney had to warn both the players to settle down.

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Kohli’s on-field antics has not gone down well with former India cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, who feels that the Indian captain is taking his greatness for granted.

“…that last gesture, Virat Kohli coming in the way of Tim Paine, that was completely uncalled for,” Manjrekar said while speaking during the lunch-time show on Sony SIX.

“Actually, what if Kohli was not a such a great player getting all the runs that he does — some of his antics and behaviour on the field would have created quite a bit of stir and got lot more criticism. It’s just that he is such a champion batsman, people are sort of accepting that.”

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The Mumbai batsman also noted that India have been the more aggressive team so far in the series with Kohli leading from the front.

“In this Test match, in this series so far, the guy who has been most aggravated on the field on both sides has been the Indian captain. He can get runs despite having this kind of approach to cricket,” he said.

Manjrekar reckons Kohli’s reaction to his controversial dismissal in the first innings was uncalled for.

“For example, I mentioned Virat Kohli, the brand and that’s why he gets away with a lot of things. Lot of people haven’t talked about his reaction after he was given out [on Sunday]. Any other player – low profile name – I am sure would have got some kind of a warning from the referee,” he said.

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“We have heard nothing from the officials about his behaviour when he walked off. If you see that again, and at some point, we have to show it, because there’s clear show of dissent in public that he was given out. He was mouthing something, and it was really out there for everyone to see. And I think again, the Virat Kohli brand has helped Virat Kohli not get the rap on the knuckle that he deserves,” he added.

Manjrekar was not pleased with Kohli’s animated celebration after the Indian captain scored his 25th Test century – his sixth in Australia – to equal Sachin Tendulkar’s record.

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“I think, runs can be got in different ways. Rahul Dravid has shown it. Sachin Tendulkar has shown it. I love the way he bats but lot of the things he does, apart from his batting, something I am not a big fan of. The celebration after he got a hundred, with the bat and the bat does the talking, that was totally unnecessary. Who is questioning Virat Kohli’s batsmanship that he has to show that the bat is doing all the talking,” Manjrekar said.

The other expert on the panel – former Australia captain Michael Clarke – saw nothing wrong with an animated Kohli on the field.

“I think it is fine so far. I think I know what comes with Virat Kohli. I have played against him. And I think his attitude you see just there is exactly what you see when he bats. So, you can’t have the cake and eat it too,” Clarke said.

“You can’t say we want him to make hundreds, we want him to be an aggressive player, we want him to stand up to opposition players. It’s the same conversation I had about David Warner. It’s the same conversation I had about Sourav Ganguly, unbelievable captain because he stood up to everybody.”