India vs Australia: "Virat Kohli Is Disrespectful, Silly": Twitter Trashes Mitchell Johnson For Slamming India Skipper

Updated: 20 December 2018 14:50 IST

Mitchell Johnson's comments did not go well with Indian cricket fans as they blasted the Australian on Twitter.

India vs Australia: "Virat Kohli Is Disrespectful, Silly": Twitter Trashes Mitchell Johnson For Slamming India Skipper
Both Virat Kohli and Tim Paine attempted to play down their on-field banter. © AFP

Virat Kohli's altercation with Australian captain Tim Paine was the highlight of the second Test that the hosts won by 146 runs in Perth. Former Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson on Wednesday slammed the visiting captain for being "disrespectful" and "silly" at the Optus Stadium. "At the end of the match, you should be able to look each other in the eyes, shake hands and say 'great contest'," Johnson wrote in a column for Fox Sports. "Virat Kohli could not do that with Tim Paine, shaking the Australian captain's hand but barely making eye contact with him. To me, that is disrespectful.

"Kohli gets away with more than most cricketers simply because he is Virat Kohli and he gets placed on a pedestal but this Test left the Indian captain looking silly," he added.

Johnson's comments did not go well with Indian cricket fans as they blasted the Australian on Twitter. 

Here are some reactions:

After the match both Kohli and Paine attempted to play down their on-field banter, which was often picked up by stump microphones.

"As long as there is no swearing the line doesn't get crossed," Kohli said. "And no personal attacks."

Paine also said his sparring with Kohli did not get out of hand, adding that he admired Indian skipper's passion for Test cricket.

"It was a highly competitive Test match from both teams and there was a lot on the line, with both teams desperately wanting to win," Paine said.

"It (Kohli's behaviour) was not (worrying) to me, I love it and I'm sure it was great to watch."

Johnson also blasted Kohli's failure to acknowledge the crowd's applause after Peter Handscomb took a controversial catch to dismiss him for a sublime 123 in the first innings.

"To me the catch was given out so you accept it and move on and as a player who has scored a hundred you acknowledge the standing ovation," he said.

"After play he came out and said he had 'no reason to respect' me. He lost me then," said Johnson.

Johnson and Kohli have history. During India's last tour of Australia in 2014, Johnson had aimed the stumps, but the ball hit Kohli, who was standing at the striker's end thus triggering a few verbal exchanges during the Test match at MCG. 

(With AFP inputs)

Highlights
  • Paine said his sparring with Kohli did not get out of hand
  • Paine said that he admired Indian skipper's passion for Test cricket
  • Johnson blasted Kohli's failure to acknowledge the crowd's applause
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