The spark ignited in world cricket by the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy does not seem to calm down. Virat Kohli’s comments on his not-so-friendly relations with the Australian cricketers at end of the test series has not impressed anyone in world cricket. Even former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly did not enjoy Kohli’s reaction, asking him to leave such matters on the field only.
Former Australian skipper Mark Taylor joined in the conversation saying that Kohli needs to grow “bigger”. Explaining himself, Taylor said, "I always tried to catch up with the opposition after a match. There are series where you're disappointed because things didn't go your way, or you're delighted because things did go your way, but you have to be bigger than that.”
Taylor feels that at the end of the day, it is just a game and friendships should not be ruined on the basis of what happens on the field. He took the example of T20 leagues around the world saying, “Cricketers play together a lot these days, both with and against each other, so you've got to be very careful about holding grudges and making stances like that. At the end of the day, it's become a fully professional game with quite a bit at stake, but it's still just a game and I think that's what people have got to remember.”
Taylor was quite clear with his words, saying that instead of criticizing the Aussies, he should be thankful to them for a hard fought series. He added, "You have to say, 'Well, irrespective of my own performance and that of my team I've got to go and put my face in there and say thanks for the contest.' ”
Dean Jones took up to Twitter to express his emotions on the whole scenario. The former Australian
batsman who was commentating in Sri Lanka during the Test series tweeted:
"Virat will learn that this great game is not just about winning and losing. It's also about the friends you make while playing the game,"
The heat generated in the series has attracted cricket pundits from other countries as well. English commentator David Lloyd quoted a tweet from Cricket Australia’s official handle saying that India’s modern batting great should listen to India’s all-time great in order to learn how to carry himself on and off the field.