Former England batsman Nick Compton has added further to his already under-scrutiny comments when he termed Virat Kohli as the “Most foul-mouthed individual” after India captain’s dramatic gesticulations during the Lord’s Test. He also said that Kohli was excessively abusive to him in his debut series in India in 2012.
In a recent interview with Sportskeeda, Nick Compton said that Kohli’s verbal mannerism is “quite excessive”. He compared how someone like James Anderson, who was involved in a war or words with Kohli at Lord’s, would deal with the opposition compared to the “very abusive” Indian skipper.
The former opener loathed the way Kohli carries himself on the field, especially with his swearing.
“I do agree (others do it as well). (James) Anderson’s got his ways. It’s not just Kohli, I am not saying that. But his language is quite excessive. Anderson will do things in a different way. Kohli’s way is to get very abusive. He has got a good array of swear words that he uses. We don’t want to throw stones on this player and that player, otherwise we get into a big argument,” Nick Compton told Sportskeeda.
Virat Kohli’s got to realise that he is an inspiration to other young players: Nick Compton
Nick Compton, who played 16 Tests between n2012 and 2016, asserted that Kohli must understand that young players consider him as a role model and should behave as such.
He reckoned that players can have banter and be aggressive without abusing or going over the top as the Indian leader does.
“Indian players must give it back (to England). I am not saying they shouldn’t be aggressive. I think (Ravindra) Jadeja has got that in him. I think that you do get a good mixture within the team. There are different ways to being aggressive. Kohli can probably do it in a more intelligent way, without having these abusive fights. Sometimes the best way is to say nothing and go out there and get a hundred.
“A bit of banter, there’s definitely place to use that. It just needs to be done in the right way. Kohli’s got to realise that he is an inspiration to other young players. Using foul-mouthed language, I don’t think it is necessary,” the 38-year-old further stated.
After conceding a lead, England have called back Dawid Malan to their Test side, three years after he played his previous Test, and have dropped Dom Sibley and Zak Crawley for the Headingley Test next week.