Sunil Gavaskar, KL Rahul
Sunil Gavaskar Image Courtesy: Getty

Last Update on: December 9th, 2018 at 11:03 am

According to former India great, Sunil Gavaskar, Australia will gain no sympathy by pointing the finger at the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Recently, coach Justin Langer said if his team would celebrate like Kohli in the field, then they would be termed as the ‘worst blokes in the world‘.

India hold firm, hosts in trouble

Meanwhile, India took a slender lead of 15 runs after wrapping up the hosts for 235. Kohli is yet to fire with the bat, although Cheteshwar Pujara has been doing the bulk of scoring in the middle. However, Langer isn’t impressed with Kohli’s antics and hinted at the double standards that had been dished out to them.

Justin Langer, Sunil Gavaskar, Virat Kohli
Langer hits out at Virat Kohli and the double standards against Australia team. Image Courtesy: Getty

“Virat Kohli only celebrates with intensity, and I see nothing wrong in that. Why is it that Australian cricket has a bad name? Because they would abuse and celebrate. Let [Justin] Langer say what he wants to. He is going to get no sympathy for that,” he told India Today.

Justin Langer on the double standard and superstar Kohli

Virat Kohli, Justin Langer
Virat Kohli’s animated celebrations seemed to have upset Langer. Image Courtesy: Getty

The current Australian team is going through a cultural shift. The spirit of the game has been a talking point for quite some time now. Meanwhile, Australia skipper, Tim Paine has time and again reassured the viewers that they will take every step to ensure the best possible display of spirit.

“He’s (Kohli) a superstar of the game and he’s the captain. We’ve talked for as long as I can remember in Australian cricket teams that you want to keep the opposition captain down as much as possible. You love seeing that passion in sport. Mind you I think if we did that at the moment we’d be the worst blokes in the world,” he had said. Kohli is yet to react to the remarks made by Langer.

Sayantan Bhattacharjee

A student of the game. Averaged 35-plus in gully cricket.