Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah, on Monday, criticised Virat Kohli and called him to be the world’s worst behaved player. The actor was referring to an ugly fight that took place between Tim Paine and Kohli, as the two were caught exchanging words and it required the intervention of umpire Chris Gaffaney to cool down the situation.
Sharing it to his official Facebook handle, Naseeruddin wrote, “Virat K is not only the worlds best batsman but also the worlds worst behaved player. His cricketing brilliance pales beside his arrogance and bad manners.. And I have no intention of leaving the country by the way.”
The two skippers have been going after each other since yesterday, with Kohli getting animated towards the close of play after the Indian team appealed for a catch against Paine. The stump microphone caught some words which were exchanged between both the Indian and Australian skippers. “If he messes it up, it's 2-0," Kohli said. In response, Paine said, “You've got to bat first, big head". The Indian skipper has been animated ever since he was dismissed for 123 by Pat Cummins, with Peter Handscomb taking a ‘dodgy’ catch. Replays were not too conclusive to overturn the soft signal which was out and Kohli, visibly disappointed, marched back to the dressing room.
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At the end of day 3, Nathan Lyon, who picked up his seventh five-wicket haul against India, was not too concerned about the showdown. “Kohli is a great player. He plays on emotion we all know that. To be honest I am not really concerned how Virat Kohli reacts or how he conducts himself. I am just worried about how we are controlling the Australian dressing room,” Lyon said.
Before the start of the series, Kohli had said he did not feel the need to get into a confrontation with the opposition. "I think from last time round, I've become more assured of myself. I don't find the need to get involved in anything with the opposition and I think those are changes that keep happening gradually as you go forward," Kohli said.