India vs Australia: Should Virat Kohli tone down his aggression?
Considering the fact that Virat Kohli has slammed three centuries in the ongoing four-match series against Australia, there have been a lot of talks whether the mercurial right-hander should tone down his aggression, something which is known for.
New Delhi: Considering the fact that Virat Kohli has slammed three centuries in the ongoing four-match series against Australia, there have been a lot of talks whether the mercurial right-hander should tone down his aggression, something which is known for.
Kohli was hit on the bouncer first ball in the first Test by Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson, who was quick in apologising and looked clearly upset post the incident. Even though Kohli didn't react to the bouncer verbally, he replied with a superb ton, his second at Adelaide.
As if that wasn't enough, Kohli followed it with another ton in the second innings of the first Test.
In the initial phase of the series, while players were seen calming each other, tempers continued to flare on several occasions and by now, there have been several heated arguments between players from both the teams.
One incident which further fanned the flames of Kohli's aggression, happened on Day 3 of the third Test, when he was hit on the body by Johnson, who tried to hit the stumps during his follow through. Kohli exchanged a few words with the speedster after being hit, post which there have been several verbal spats between the two.
Despite all the aggression, Kohli managed to slam his highest Test score – 169, but the way he was dismissed in the last over on Day 3, was something which once again made one think whether Kohli should tone down his aggresseion to an extent.
Kohli, batting on 169, was offered width by Johnson first ball and he slashed hard at it, edging it to Brad Haddin. Had he seen that over from Johnson, he could have possibly added more to India's total of 465 runs compared to Australia's 532 in the first innings.
Having said that, many believe Kohli's style of play is very aggressive and he is altogether a different player when the going gets tough.
While he has given his fans several reasons to smile in this series, the debate whether India's captain-in-waiting needs to become a calmer cricketer, is yet to reach its conclusion.