Ian Chappell, former Australia batsman, has urged the officials in the ongoing Test series between India-Australia by taking strict measures and control over the on-field aggression, which has witnessed high tension prevailing on both sides during the recently concluded Bengaluru Test.
“It’s ridiculous to allow that much chatter to occur on the field. The officials need to take a harder stance against on-field chatter. I also don’t think the Australians are in any position to start throwing stones. They’re no choirboys themselves,” Chappell wrote for Channel Nine.
The 73-year-old Chappell further mentioned Australia isn’t in any sort of position to ‘throw stones’ at the hosts following the on-field battles, before stating things should be pacified to avoid the situation going out of the control.
“There’s been a lot of bad blood and chatter between the two countries so far, but that’s because it’s been good and intense cricket. But the administrators are foolish if they’re going to allow all this talking to continue on the field,” Chappell revealed.
Chappell further said if timely action isn’t taken, the problem would aggravate further.
“It [if] it does, there’s going to be trouble. It’s been allowed to escalate over the years, and nobody is stepping in to stop it. It’s going to cause a huge problem one day on the field,” Chappell stated.
The Adelaide-born Chappell expressed Kohli has been involved with the game emotionally, which according to him is not best for a skipper – especially in the longer format of the game. He stated a captain should balance things to avail results and further keep his emotions in check.
“If I had one criticism of Indian captain Virat Kohli it’s that he’s a bit too emotional. I’ve always thought as a captain that it’s best if you keep your display of emotions pretty even, but he doesn’t,” Chappell further wrote.
“He’s a very emotional guy. To say he’s worse than somebody else is unfair as everyone does it, and some blokes do it differently to Kohli,” Chappell mentioned.
Chappell also took a jibe on the Decision Review System (DRS), terming it as a ‘flawed system’.
“I don’t want to hold him [Steven Smith] to account here because I think the DRS is a flawed system. Cricketers will try and take advantage of any flawed system, so to me the DRS needs a hell of a lot of sorting out,” Chappell further revealed in his write-up.