Virat Kohli one of the modern day greats, cut him some slack: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has been criticised for stoking the fire with aggression in the ongoing four-Test series in Australia. However, the India captain has received the backing of former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, who believes aggression is a key component of the game, especially when playing Down Under.Shoaib Akhtar took to Twitter and opined that aggression is fine as long as it doesn’t cross the line while calling Virat Kohli one of the modern greats of the game.”@imVkohli is one of the modern greats of the game. Aggression has been a part & parcel of competitive cricket, specially when you are playing Down Under as long as it stays in limit. Please cut him some slack,” Akhtar wrote on the social media platform.Kohli has been facing flak for his involvement in sledging and over-the-top celebrations in the highly-competitive Test series between India and Australia.Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson severely criticised Kohli for his behaviour in the Perth Test, saying the India captain looked “silly and disrespectful”.Notably, Kohli was spotted having on-field banters with opposition captain, Tim Paine, and the on-field umpires had to intervene on multiple occasions.Even Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar blasted the Kohli-led team, saying it’s not in Indian cricket’s DNA to start on-field banters and copy Australia’s style.”We have not been saints either. Way back in 2014, when Australia were down with the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, we started it. They were too shocked in the first Test and we started it. In a situation like this, we will always lose. Australia are used to playing like that, we are not. It’s not in our DNA to play cricket like that. You also have to take into account if everyone in the team can take it. Even over here, we have started it,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak.advertisementMeanwhile, former India opener Aakash Chopra, speaking to India Today on Thursday, blasted the Australian media for portraying Kohli as the villain of world cricket. He said Australians are not eligible to talk against sledging and that he found nothing offensive with Kohli or the team’s behaviour Down Under.”The Australian media is rallying behind their cricket team and, in fact, making India and Virat Kohli as the villains of world cricket. I am very, very surprised. It’s the classic case of pot calling the kettle black. Perhaps, it’s time for them to look inwards and just ask themselves the question, regards to how they have behaved in the past,” Chopra said.He added: “Personally, I have been watching Virat Kohli and the team’s behaviour very closely. I have found nothing that is offensive, nothing that is crossing the line.”last_img read more