Former Protea off-spinner, Paul Harris, compared Virat Kohli’s on-field behaviour to that of a clown in the recently concluded Indian tour of South Africa. Furthermore, Harris accused ICC of being partial to the South African team when it comes to charging offences.
The Kagiso Rabada 2-match ban post-Port Elizabeth Test match sparked off quite a remarkable upsurge within the cricketing fraternity. Few claim that the charges imposed on the South African spearhead were unjust.
Virat Kohli, renowned for wearing his heart on his sleeves, was quite animated during the Cape Town and Jo’Burg Test. Apparently, his behaviour did not go down well within a fraction of the former players.
The likes of Steve Waugh were vocal about the fact that the Indian captain needs to tone down his aggression a bit. Paul Harris now seconded the Australian’s statements.
“If he has to then everyone does. I watched Kohli behave like a clown for three tests here in SA and nothing. Seems to me that @ICC either have an issue with Rabada or with the Proteas in general,” tweeted Harris.
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If he has to then everyone does. I watched Kohli behave like a clown for three tests here in SA and nothing. Seems to me that @ICC either have an issue with Rabada or with the Proteas in general.
— paul harris (@paulharris12) March 12, 2018
The ongoing Australia-South Africa series has been one of the most controversial during the recent times. The Durban Test saw David Warner and Quinton de Kock indulge in an ugly spat en route to the dressing room at Kingsmead.
Nathan Lyon and Warner were under the pump for their sendoffs to AB de Villiers. The two were scot-free with a deduction in their match fees only.
During the second Test match at PE, Rabada’s post wicket celebrations of Steve Smith and David Warner earned his four demerit point.
Before the start of the series, KG Rabada accrued five demerit point for his sendoffs to Ben Stokes and Niroshan Dickwella. As a result, SA’s premier fast bowler can no longer take part in the remainder of the series.
This comes in as a huge blow to the hosts as KG already clinched 15 wickets in the two Test matches which included a match-winning 11-wicket haul at PE.