Ahead of the departure of the Indian team for the Australian tour, captain Kohli hoped for a 'sedge-free’ summer Down Under this year
When India toured Australia in 2014, during Melbourne Test, paceman Mitchell Johnson missed the stumps, and the ball hit Virat Kohli who was standing at the striker's end. This triggered verbal volleys between the two.
Not only this, there have been instances when the Australian players have had a go at Kohli. But this time, it could be different, at least from the Indian batsman.
Ahead of the departure of the Indian team for the Australian tour, captain Kohli hoped for a 'sedge-free’ summer Down Under this year.
“When it comes to getting engaged in an argument on the field, or in a fight as people want to call it excitedly, I have been completely OK playing without an altercation. If they want to play a certain way we will reciprocate in that way, that’s how the game of cricket goes," Kohli said.
In response to this, Johnson took a jibe at the Indian right-hander. “I look forward to no Virat send offs", he replied to Fox Sports Cricket's tweet on Kohli's press conference, reigniting old flames of the event that took place in 2014.
🤣 I look forward to no Virat send offs 🤥— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) November 15, 2018
In India's last visit to Australia, despite Kohli standing out with his glorious 692 runs in the four-Test series, India had lost 0-2. However, the present Australian team has a revamped culture since the ban of Steve Smith and David Warner for a year, due to the ball-tampering offence in South Africa. This gives India a better chance at bagging a historic Test series win Down Under.
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Last Updated Nov 18, 2018, 1:44 PM IST