CRICKET: Former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy has slammed the behaviour of Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
Never one to shy away from a scrap, Kohli's combative nature was on show for all to see on day two of the second Test against Australia in Bangalore. He got involved in some verbal stoushes with counterpart Steve Smith and opening batsman Matt Renshaw before turning that aggression on his own players late in the day.
Healy says he's losing respect for the 28-year-old because of his failure to deal with the pressure of captaining his country in the Test arena.
"The pressure is starting to tell on him, I'm losing respect for him,” Healy told SEN Breakfast on Monday. "He's not only continuing his disrespect of the Australian players and umpires, but I think he's putting pressure on his own players now.”
Such an attitude was acceptable when Kohli was just another player under former captain MS Dhoni, but now he's got the "C” next to his name, petty outbursts just aren't going to cut it.
"I've said in the past he's the best batsman I've ever seen ... and his feistiness and real aggression towards the opposition has been good, especially when he wasn't captain, it would bring his team with him,” Healy said.
"They're more timid than they look the Indians. Kohli's aggression was good for them, but I think it's not good for them anymore.”
Kohli chastised Ravindra Jadeja for failing to take a catch off a Mitchell Starc cover drive in the final overs of the day. The ball went just over Jadeja's fingertips but the spinner appeared late to move, and his captain made sure he knew it wasn't good enough.
To go with his sledging of Smith, he also burst out laughing when fast bowler Ishant Sharma tried to impersonate the Aussie leader's unique mannerisms.
"He's really putting some pressure, you can read pressure all over Ravi Ashwin's face and he had a crack at Jadeja last night for not picking one up in the field,” Healy said.
"I think there's massive cracks showing in him, not just the wickets, he's got to be a bit more respectful of his opponents now I reckon.
"The stuff he did with Steve Smith was unacceptable.”
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