Indian cricketer Virat Kohli remains under fire from last few days for his sledging and heated exchanges with Australian counterpart Tim Paine during the tense second Test in Perth, which at one point needed the umpire to intervene. Now Former Australia captain Allan Border has came forward to defend the Kohli’s behavior saying his antics might be over the top but the game needs characters who show passion.
Cricket and Bollywood lagend including Naseerud-din-Shah also criticized the rude behavior of Kohli. But Border said the game needed characters like Kohli.
“I haven’t seen anyone sort of carry on so much as a captain when his side takes a wicket,” he said in a Fox Sports podcast Thursday. “It’s really over the top but it’s good in a way. You can see some passion about what he’s trying to do. “There’s not many characters in our game at the moment,” Border added. “The professional era has sort of beaten that out to a certain degree. It’s good to see guys with that passion, drive and a bit of character.” “To drive the team to be number one, which he’s achieved, but to win away from home is one of those important things you notice as a captain,” he said. “I think he’s feeling that pinch.” The four Test series is tied 1-1 with the next one starting in Melbourne on Boxing Day.
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17 November, 2019