Ian Healy threw his bat near the dressing room after being given caught behind against South Africa © Getty Images (File Photo)
Ian Healy threw his bat near the dressing room after being given caught behind against South Africa © Getty Images (File Photo)

The excitement regarding the recently-concluded Test between India and Australia at Bengaluru has somewhat subsided, but the reactions to Virat Kohli’s post-match press conference certainly have not. The Test had already had its share of controversies, most significantly when Steven Smith tried to consult the dressing-room after he was ruled out leg-before by Nigel Llong. On the other hand, Ian Healy was critical of Kohli after the second day’s play, when Kohli had on-field altercations with Smith. Kohli had also dished out some verbal ‘mental disintegration tactics’ to the obdurate Matt Renshaw, reminding him of the upset stomach that interrupted his innings at Pune. “I’m losing respect for him [Kohli]. He’s got to be a lot more respectful of his opponents. The stuff he did with Steve Smith was unacceptable,” Healy had told Sports Entertainment Network, a Melbourne radio station. Full cricket scorecard: India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Bengaluru

Kohli was particularly outspoken in the interview, both about Smith’s dubious act of conferring with the dressing-room on DRS and Healy’s comment. “We have got 1.2 billion people in India. One person’s opinion doesn’t make a difference to my life,” Kohli told the journalists. Kohli also insisted the media and audience searched “when he was given out in Centurion down the leg side” on YouTube, citing it as example of Healy’s misbehaviour when it came to responding to unfair umpiring decisions. Below is the video, uploaded by (who else?) Rob Moody aka Robelinda:

The incident dates back to March 23, 1994. Having conceded a 157-run lead at Centurion, Australia were struggling to save innings defeat. The score read 131 for 6 when Brett Schultz bowled one down leg. Healy, attempting to leg-glance, probably missed the ball, which brushed his pad on its way. Dave Richardson flung himself to his left to come up with a spectacular catch. Healy was given out caught-behind, perhaps unfairly.

As a livid Healy stormed back to the pavilion, he uttered a few words that did not really come across as parliamentary. He made gestures at the crowd with the bat on his way back, and flung his bat away as he made his way up the staircase to the dressing-room.

Steve Waugh later helped Australia save the innings defeat, but South Africa won easily by 8 wickets. As for Healy, he was suspended for dissent by match referee Raman Subba Row. He had to miss two matches.