SA Vs IND, 2018: Kepler Wessels wants Virat Kohli to be careful with aggression
Former South African skipper Kepler Wessels has given a piece of advice to Team India’s skipper Virat Kohli, who always has, wore a heart on his sleeve – to keep his aggression in check.
“He [Virat Kohli] has got at certain times (aggression) and temper that a little bit,” Wessels told ESPNcricinfo in a video capsule.
Moreover, the 60-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator Wessels termed the incident ‘pity’ which led Kohli to the fine of 25 percent of the match fee, and a demerit point has been added to his kitty.
The incident happened on the third day’s play during the ongoing Centurion Test owing to the misconduct on the field and was subsequently charged under Level 1.
Taking the spirit of the game into the consideration, the incident took place in the 25th over when Kohli regularly inquired about the damp ball to on-field umpire Michael Gough.
“Virat Kohli incident was a pity yesterday. I think by his own admission he probably feels he went a little bit too far,” Wessels said after match referee Chris Broad handed over the sanction to Kohli which was accepted by the later.
Earlier, livid Kohli had also thrown the ball into the ground which was observed by the match officials.
However, the former left-handed batsman Wessels believes the skipper has every right to pose questions while adding Kohli must be careful about the approach according to the situation of the game.
“Every captain is entitled to question decisions and to show emotions. But he just got to be careful how you do it and when you do it,” Wessels asserted.
Wessels, who has coached different teams further conceded that Kohli has been passionate about the game and did wonders for India as the batting mainstay has further smashed his second hundred (153) on the South African soil during the ongoing Sunfoil Test series.
“So, that is a thing to learn from. And by and large, his enthusiasm and his passion for the game is good and does good things for India,” Wessels reiterated.
The Bloemfontein-born Wessels played 109 ODIs and 40 Tests for South Africa. He scored 2,788 runs in Tests at the average of 41 and 3,367 at the average of 34.45 in the 50-over format.
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