Mitchell Johnson said that there is no betterment in the behavior of Indian captain Virat Kohli when compared to the 2014 outing. In the ongoing Border-Gavaskar tournament, Virat Kohli’s comments about Tim Paine as the stand-in captain of Australia raised many eyebrows. Mitchell Johnson, senior pacer of Australia said that his comments were disrespectful and silly about Tim Paine.
He had a serious debate after trying to run out Virat Kohli during 2014 series and Kohli said that he had no reason to respect Johnson. In this context, the retired pacer said that “After the play he came out and said he had ‘no reason to respect’ me. He lost me then,”
He also said that Kohli failed to accept the reactions of the viewers after he was caught out by Peter Handscomb in a controversial manner. He said that “To me, the catch was given out so you accept it and move on and as a player who has scored a hundred you acknowledge the standing ovation,”
He wrote to the Fox magazine that Kohli did not change much and after the game both the teams should be in a situation to look into each other’s eyes and say “great competition”. He added “At the end of the match, you should be able to look each other in the eyes, shake hands and say ‘great contest’,”
“Virat Kohli could not do that with Tim Paine, shaking the Australian captain’s hand but barely making eye contact with him. To me, that is disrespectful.
“Kohli gets away with more than most cricketers simply because he is Virat Kohli and he gets placed on a pedestal but this Test left the Indian captain looking silly,”
Kohli said that those comments were very silly when compared to the comments of Australians during 2014 series. Australia leveled the series by winning Perth Test by 1-1.
Kohli said that “As long as there is no swearing the line doesn’t get crossed. And no personal attacks,”
Johnson commented about Kohli’s comments before Australian series that he is a changed man. He said “What we saw this Test says otherwise,”
“From my experiences with him and what I am seeing as an observer now, not much has changed. It was disappointing and that is not the only area where he let himself down.” He concluded.