It seems as if Indians couldn’t hold on to their emotions during Australia’s illustrious comeback in the second test at Perth. Much of the game itself was overshadowed by the rhetoric battle being fought by the two skippers on the pitch.
Australians are generally considered notorious for the sledging tactics and this is how they play their game.
But this time Virat Kohli outshined his Aussie counterpart in the war of words. Kohli came out blatantly ahead of him, expressing his non-cricketing self with brazen antics on the field.
Former Indian batting maestro, Sunil Gavaskar is critical of Indian captain’s brash behavior. According to Gavaskar, Kohli was the one who has initiated sledging war which is an irresponsible act when specifically done by a captain in an overseas tour like Australia.
Kohli’s pompous attitude may have surfaced due to their victory in the first test. What I personally think, is that Australians had favored Indians at that occasion by assembling a slow Adelaide wicket. On a wicket like that you’ll have to play exceptionally well to beat India especially when Kohli is ruling the world rankings. Australia didn’t take advantage of home conditions. What was the difference at Perth was the wicket that had ample bounce and some cracks that kept widening as the match proceeded, not the kind of pitch where India likes to play. Indian batting is found to be vulnerable whenever there’s a slight bounce in the wicket where fast bowlers usually dominate the conditions. However, Perth wicket remained sporting as always as we saw Nathan Lyon taking eight wickets to be man of the match.
Kohli-Paine contention was not the only thing that made headlines in a five day match. Indian players had to present more “out-of-cricket” performance. Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja exchanged heated argument on the fourth day, thus exposing the likely inflammable atmosphere of Indian dressing room.