Steve Waugh has stated that he wasn’t impressed by Indian captain Virat Kohli’s behavior on and off the pitch during the second Test against Australia in Bangalore. He also wasn’t impressed by the manner in which he was revving the crowd up.
Speaking to the media at a promotional event in India, Waugh said:
“That is Virat Kohli and that (aggression) is what you guys love about him but there is a fine line between revving the crowd up when the bowler is running in. I don’t mind him revving the crowd up in between balls but not when the bowler is running in. There are a couple of issues from both teams on how the game is being played and right now it is on the edge.”
Waugh also backed Australian captain Steven Smith in the DRS controversy.
“I have to go with Steve Smith when he says it was a brain fade and it wasn’t premeditated. So you have to take it at face value. The good thing about the whole incident was that the umpire stepped in and that is where it should have stopped. Smith would have learnt a lesson because obviously you cannot do that and it is not in the spirit of the game. It was an honest mistake. Those were strong comments from Kohli and while he didn’t say the word (cheating) he was inferring it. I am not sure Smith would have enjoyed reading that statement. Both captains need to have a bit of a chat at some stage and realise that they are going to play tough and it is full on in the middle but there is no point playing out these arguments in the press.”
Certainly, interesting opinions from the former Australian captain.