India issues angry statement over 'arrogant' Virat Kohli sledge

Ruben Holloway
December 19, 2018

Emma McCarthy, a real estate agent from Western Australia, posted a photo on social media from Perth Stadium where Australia completed a 146-run over India in the second Test. "Keep your cool, Virat".

With match-winning figures of 8/106 in the Perth Test, Nathan Lyon is named the Player of the Match.

Kohli was involved in quite a number of verbal spats with the Australian players during the Perth Test.

The retired Johnson said the famously combative Kohli's antics were unnecessary.

Both captains moved to downplay the rivalry after the match, declaring no lines had been crossed.

The series shifts to the traditional Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground followed by the finale in Sydney.

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Personal abuse is out but barbs, such as Paine asking Murali Vijay if he can seriously like Kohli as a bloke, are above board. I want to contribute in a winning cause'. "It's been hard work - the first two Tests of this series have been really tough".

But the simmering tension is set to flow over to the MCG, especially with the series still up for grabs.

No one in the world is better behind the stumps than Paine and Australian cricket should be grateful the gloveman will be our leader for at least 12 months once Steve Smith returns from his ban.

"Not to me, no".

"I think he should come back and play Ranji Trophy for Karnataka", the former India captain told Aaj Tak channel. "I just had this sneaking suspicion - he's a very risky player, when he got out I thought "ok now we can maybe enjoy it", Langer said. "He is the No.1 batsman in the world at the moment and what he does for his team is great but I'm not sure this is how your captain should behave", Johnson wrote.

It was reported that Kohli belittled Paine as just "a stand-in captain" - a claim angrily denied by India's team management. It's never bothered me, it's never been something that's of importance to me to be honest. "We got pretty close", Paine said. "Australia played better cricket than us and deserved to win".

"Kohli has contradicted the things he said at the start of the series. There's no swearing", Paine asked the umpire as the intensity on the field from both the sides was always high throughout the day.

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"It stays on the field". I said in Adelaide this was going to be a long, tough series.

After the ball-tampering scandal, Australia's on-field behaviour was sharply criticised by some commentators who have been critical of the team's history of sledging, or insulting opposition players.

Australia coach Justin Langer felt the Paine-Kohli battle was carried out in the right manner.

"I think we have slowly been building in to our style of cricket and I am really proud of the way we went about it".

"There was actually a bit of Aussie humour. and I like that".

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