Indian skipper Virat Kohli is having some serious numbers against arch-rival Australia in all-three formats. On almost every occasion he did his best against them to secure a high level battle. Who can forget those four tons in Australia, fastest ODI ton by an Indian at Jaipur, a gritty knock in the virtual quarter-final in World T20 ’16 and so on. Kohli gave his hundred percent against Aussies and thus Australians sees him as their nemesis. And they hate him as well revealed by Dean Jones in his column for Sydney Morning Herald.
Former Australian wrote “Kohli is almost as disliked as English captain Douglas Jardine. Kohli is now Australia’s No. 1 enemy or the “head of the snake”, as Nathan Lyon has put it. The Australian boys are quite prepared to take it up to him and this series has been compulsive viewing. This is what Test match cricket is about. It’s the same when we play England for the Ashes or when India meet Pakistan.”
“Test cricket is at its best when there is an edge to it. With the extra interest from fans and the media in a big series such as this, the contest seems to have become personal, very personal,” Jones added.
Indian batting maestro is looking out of color in the
ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy as he managed only 46 runs in five innings he
has played so far. Nevertheless, his team is winning and he said in press
conference after Bengaluru Test he was happy with the opposition focusing on
him and the team winning.
Dean praised him while saying “I am an unabashed Kohli fan. I commentate all around the world and I love watching this kid bat and lead his team. He is such an interesting character. Away from the cricket, he is quite a humble kid. Always polite, and always asking questions on how he is batting and what I am up to. He just loves the game and the challenges that go with it.”
The 55-year-old is impressed with Kohli’s fitness and his captaincy skills. He further wrote “Kohli believes in hard work and that he can do anything on a cricket field. He loves getting into hot spots on the field to make sure he is in his opponents’ face. Kohli is the only captain I know who pumps up the crowd, asking them for their support. He knows the importance of the Indian fans’ input and how it can help his team’s performance.”
“He doesn’t just want 11 Indian players in the Australian faces, he demands the same from the 30,000-strong Indian crowds. Make this ground the most hostile environment the Australians will experience. It’s no different to what the MCG crowds have given to opposition teams.”
Jones concluded with explanation for the reason behind their hate for Douglas Jardine. “So why don’t Australian fans like him? I feel he is almost as disliked as villainous English captain Douglas Jardine, who started the Bodyline series in 1932-33. Is this what needs to happen for Australia and India to build up their rivalry? If so, I have no problem with it. I love the aggression that’s being produced in the media and from the fans. Even the respective CEOs from each country have offered their 10 cents’ worth. It’s game on,” he winded up.