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Sunday, 23 December 2018

Indian coach defends 'gentleman' Kohli


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Indian coach Ravi Shastri has launched a spirited defence of his captain Virat Kohli as his side shapes up for the Boxing Day Test against Australia.

Kohli's histrionics throughout the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy caused controversy, but Shastri said he had no issues with his captain's behaviour so far.

"Fantastic," he said when asked what he thought of Kohli's actions.

"What’s wrong with his behaviour? As far as we’re concerned, he’s an absolute gentleman."

Virat Kohli

Ahead of the crunch third Test, Australian seamer Josh Hazlewood said the home side could not spend time worrying about Kohli's behaviour.

"He can do what he wants," Hazlewood told The Age.

"It’s out of our control. We’re still focused on how we behave and what we’re doing on the field. We’ll leave that stuff up to him."

Both Shastri and Kohli were heavily criticised for the composition of the Indian team for the Perth Test, particularly by Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar, but Shastri hit back at the naysayers while revealing that all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was also carrying an injury.

Ravi Shastri

"When you’re millions of miles way, it’s easy to fire blanks," he said.

"When you look at Perth, we felt [Jadeja] was about 70-80 per cent fit and we didn't want to risk that in Perth.

"The last thing we wanted was someone breaking down after five or 10 overs and then we are stuck for players to pick for Melbourne or Sydney."

Both Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are considered doubtful to take part in the third Test, with all-rounder Hardik Pandya among the candidates to be brought into the Indian XI.

Indian coach Ravi Shastri has launched a spirited defence of his captain Virat Kohli as his side shapes up for the Boxing Day Test against Australia.

Kohli's histrionics throughout the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy caused controversy, but Shastri said he had no issues with his captain's behaviour so far.

"Fantastic," he said when asked what he thought of Kohli's actions.

"What’s wrong with his behaviour? As far as we’re concerned, he’s an absolute gentleman."

Virat Kohli

Ahead of the crunch third Test, Australian seamer Josh Hazlewood said the home side could not spend time worrying about Kohli's behaviour.

"He can do what he wants," Hazlewood told The Age.

"It’s out of our control. We’re still focused on how we behave and what we’re doing on the field. We’ll leave that stuff up to him."

Both Shastri and Kohli were heavily criticised for the composition of the Indian team for the Perth Test, particularly by Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar, but Shastri hit back at the naysayers while revealing that all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was also carrying an injury.

Ravi Shastri

"When you’re millions of miles way, it’s easy to fire blanks," he said.

"When you look at Perth, we felt [Jadeja] was about 70-80 per cent fit and we didn't want to risk that in Perth.

"The last thing we wanted was someone breaking down after five or 10 overs and then we are stuck for players to pick for Melbourne or Sydney."

Both Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are considered doubtful to take part in the third Test, with all-rounder Hardik Pandya among the candidates to be brought into the Indian XI.

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