Virat Kohli has got under the skin of Australians right from his first tour down under in 2011-12. The recently concluded Australia-India series was one of the most volatile and controversial in recent years. Skippers from both sides, Steve Smith and Virat Kohli were in the line of fire due to their behavior and fiery press conferences.
However, out of favor Australian opener Ed Cowan, who played against India, has revealed that Virat Kohli had gotten so much under his skin, that he wanted to physically harm him at one point.
Cowan was quoted by Fox Sports saying, "I had a very sick Mum during one of those series and he said something that was inappropriate. Why I make the point of 'lost in translation', he said something that was highly inappropriate. A personal matter that was highly sensitive. Highly inappropriate. But he didn't realise that he'd overstepped the mark until the umpire came over and said - 'Virat that's overstepped the mark'."
“Though he took a step back and apologized. But, there was a moment I wanted to pick up the stump and stab him," the batsman said.
Cowan who played 18 Tests for Australia and scored 1001 runs, said, "I'm a huge fan of his cricket. Don't get me wrong he's a phenomenal cricketer. I had a little bit of a run-in that was inappropriate when he toured Australia and the umpire had to intervene."
The India-Australia series of 2017 was highlighted by Steve Smith’s ‘brain-fade’ moment in Bengaluru Test and Glenn Maxwell mocking Kohli’s injured shoulder during the Ranchi Test.