Finally the aggressive Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson has admitted that “psychological warfare” is important to intimidate the opposition on the cricket field. It is important to highlight that Johnson has given a hell of a testing time to Indians during the ongoing test series with his outstanding performance with the bat and the ball.
He was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo, “Sometimes we say stupid things when we’re out there. Sometimes we try and say things that hopefully get into the batsmen’s heads a little bit. We try to get them to think about their feet, or just let them know you are going to bowl another short ball. It’s all mind games. Sometimes it might look a little different on TV. It might look as if we’re going a bit too hard at each other, and sometimes it could be a bit over the top. But we’re always trying to stay inside the guidelines”.
Recently, Johnson was involved in an on-field spat with a few of Indian players in the second Test in Brisbane where the Indian cricketers also attempted at sledging him, which backfired badly.
This brilliant bowler scored 88 runs and came back to fetch four wickets to help Australia win the match and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Johnson has expressed clearly that aggression – if channeled well – can yield good results.
“If you can get into someone’s mind by speaking to a batsman and tell them that their feet aren’t going anywhere, hopefully they’ll start to think about that. You then bowl a short one at them, and you’re in their head. I love that part of the game. I think it’s great. And I don’t think it’s ever going to stop,” he said.