I Wanted To Pick Up The Stump And Stab Him, Says Former Australia Opener
Former Australia opener Ed Cowan has made a startling claim related to India skipper Virat Kohli.
With the heated Border-Gavaskar series coming to an end, the 34-year old, who represented Australia in 18 Tests, had revealed he once felt like picking up a stump and stabbing Kohli after being told something “highly inappropriate”.
“I had a very sick Mum during one of those series and he said something that was inappropriate,” Cowan was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.
“Why I make the point of ‘lost in translation’, he said something that was highly inappropriate. A personal matter that was highly sensitive. Highly inappropriate. But he didn’t realise that he’d overstepped the mark until the umpire came over and said – ‘Virat that’s overstepped the mark’ – and once that was said, he took a step back and apologised. But, there was a moment I wanted to pick up the stump and stab him,”
said the Australian who made his debut against India in 2011.
The just-concluded Border-Gavaskar series which India won 2-1 made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The series was one of the most fiercely-fought series in recent years but numerous controversies never allowed the focus to remain on the game. Starting from the DRS controversy during the Bengaluru Test when the India skipper had caught his Australia counterpart seeking help from the change-room on a referral to Kohli’s statement about not being friends with some members of the Australian cricket team, the series saw it all.
Cowan further said that he is a huge fan of Kohli’s batting.
“I’m a huge fan of his cricket. Don’t get me wrong he’s a phenomenal cricketer.
I had a little bit of a run-in that was inappropriate when he toured Australia and “the umpire had to intervene. “We forget that English isn’t their first language. It’s very easy to sit back and say as a player they’re barking something at me that is inappropriate when we don’t try and converse with them in Hindi.”
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