Paine relishing intense rivalry with Kohli

Ruben Holloway
December 25, 2018

The Indian skipper has come under criticism 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.

Kohli insisted after play he had no issue with stump mics, but it was notable that India refused to conduct a single interview with broadcasters from day three onward in Perth, having previously been relatively obliging.

Ashwin missed the second Test with an abdominal strain as the hosts levelled the four-match series at 1-1.

It was reported that Kohli belittled Paine as just "a stand-in captain" - a claim angrily denied by India's team management.

But Shastri said Kohli has behaved like a "gentleman".

"At the end of the match, you should be able to look each other in the eyes, shake hands and say "great contest", he wrote in a column for Fox Sports. To me, that is disrespectful.

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He talked up his duel with Kohli, whom Lyon has dismissed seven times in Test cricket.

Kohli described it as simply banter that was part and parcel of Test cricket.

I think you can't compare two people.

He added that the remarks in Perth were nothing compared to their Australian tour in 2014, when he claimed to have been called a "spoilt brat".

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"From my experiences with him and what I am seeing as an observer now, not much has changed".

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Johnson and Kohli have history.

After they almost bumped chests, Paine was later caught by Kohli off a ripping Mohammed Shami short ball, with the India skipper playfully screaming towards the Aussie captain as he trudged back to the sheds.

"As far as Ashwin is concerned, we are going to take a look and evaluate", said India coach Ravi Shastri.

Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja are also fit again to provide a major boost to the team and either of the all-rounders are expected to come into the side for Hanuma Vihari at number six and that gives them another strong bowling option as they too need to ease the burden on Bumrah and company. India played only two series on their soil - a one-off Test against Afghanistan and a full series against the Windies. "Just the initial pain was the thing that got me", he said. But he is certainly a great player in terms of numbers, Virat already has already 60 global hundreds, in such a short span of time, he is hungry we know he is extremely fit, and when he gets the opportunity he makes the best of it.

"Indian pacers couldn't figure out line or length for the first two sessions and that's where this game got away from them.It happens sometimes in Perth, when opposition teams arrive here".

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