Skipper Virat Kohli has struggled for runs in the ongoing test series against Australia. In the four innings against the Team from Down Under, this home season, Kohli has had scores of 0, 13, 12 and 15.
His poor form, however, hasn’t impacted his captaincy. The captain led his troops aggressively in Bengaluru to level the series 1-1.
It seems like India’s 75-run win in the second Test has not gone down well with former Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson, who was involved in multiple on-field spats with Kohli. Johnson has called Kohli ‘frustrated’.
He's obviously quite passionate, but I just think he's frustrated because he hasn't scored a run and he's letting his emotions get the better of him.
You could feel the vibe change halfway through the match and it coincided with India is getting ahead in the game," Johnson wrote in a blog for foxsports.com.au.
"Obviously, whenever there's a wicket the cameras go straight to Kohli to see his reaction - they recognize they're working to make those kind of reactions from him.
And they did! He was giving a send-off to just about every player, which you've got to be really careful with. It can happen sometimes, when you're pumped up and you engender a bit too fired up."
The former Australian fast bowler also recounted his previous tussle with the Indian skipper.
"I received a few run-ins with Virat. To be fair, I believe it was every time we played. He hasn't accepted any time for me since the Boxing Day Test in 2014, when he finished the day saying he held no regard for me. The moment that changed everything was when he blocked a ball back to me and I threw it back at the stumps, seeing Virat was out of his crease and thinking I was a chance of a run out," recalled the Australian fast bowler.
Johnson added, The only problem was that Virat was in the way. He got hit in the back and I apologized straight away.
Because it was a complete accident, but that message didn't seem to get through. There were plenty of verbals after that and he hasn't really stopped since," wrote Johnson.