Former Australia international Geoff Lawson has blasted India skipper Virat Kohli for his conduct in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series.
Lawson had a word of praise for Kohli’s remarkable consistency but criticised him for his attitude as captain of the team. The Indian batsman has been on the receiving end ever since he accused the Australian team of seeking help from the change-room on referrals throughout the Bengaluru Test. He has also been heavily involved in the sledging game that has not gone down too well with the Australians.
“Well Virat’s consistent. You’ve got to give him that, he’s consistent,” Lawson told Fox Sports.
“As a leader and as a captain of a cricket team where you’ve got lots of responsibilities, you’ve got to show more gravitas and responsibility than this. These sorts of actions are those of your worst behaved player.”
The former fast-bowler further expressed his surprise over Kohli not getting punished for his foul mouthed send-offs.
“Send-offs are supposed to be against the code of conduct and he was certainly caught on camera using some bad language in the second Test match,” he said.
“I’m surprised he didn’t get reported. But he must be treading a really fine line with the umpires and match referees because you’re not supposed to give players send-offs.
“Kohli’s language has been pretty much unacceptable. And for a captain to then carry out a press conference and then just show so little diplomacy. But he’s a great, great player. He’s one of the best players going around, but you’ve got to behave as a captain better than that,” he added.
Kohli has been very vocal in expressing his feelings during the ongoing series, something that has left the whole of Australia unimpressed. Starting from the former players to media, the Aussies have left no stone unturned to criticise the Indian player and even though the much discussed DRS saga is a talk of the past now, they’re still targeting Kohli.