Meet the all new Virat Kohli 2.0 - more calm, more mature
- Kohli defended Ashwin for the latter's on-field argument with James Anderson.
- The Indian Test skipper said he had no clue about Anderson's comments before Ashwin told him during Day 5.
- India thumped England by an innings and 36 runs in Mumbai Test.
England pacer, James Anderson, got into a heated argument with Ravichandran Ashwin on Day 5.
Although the pacer did not mean to disrespect Ashwin, his behaviour was out of clear frustration. When a side remains without a win for a long time during an away tour, disappointment happens to generate which results into needless on-field brawls.
"For the first time I was trying to calm things down in the middle at a time when James Anderson is involved," Kohli told during the post-match conference on Monday.
Earlier, Anderson took a dig at Kohli, who smashed his career's third double Test hundred, saying that the Indian Test skipper had technical glitches but was not visible because Indian tracks lack pace and movement.
Anderson made this statement prior to the final day at Wankhede. Kohli wasn't aware of it, but Ashwin was.
"Ashwin wasn't pleased with what he said something to the press. He told me in the field. I didn't even know about Anderson's comments. I laughed about it to be honest. But Ashwin wasn't impressed and he did let him know.
"Ashwin didn't use bad words. He talks to the point and strikes you well. He only told James that it was important to accept defeat," the skipper, defending his present best bowler, said.
The fact that Ashwin could not tolerate anything against Kohli and the vice-versa shows the tremendous bonding between the Indian players in the dressing room. This chemistry will surely take Team India to great heights in the long run.
The 28-year-old Delhi cricketer, who clearly has been maturing with every passing match ever since he took over India's captaincy, was seen patting Anderson's back after the Test ended, setting yet another example of sportsmanship.
It was the same Kohli, who was in the centre of the controversy with his on-field spat with Ben Stokes earlier in the series, handling Ashwin on the field without any nuisance in the fourth Test, in front of a bigger crowd at Wankhede.
The media gave Kohli an opportunity to get back at Anderson and England when they question him about England' technique against spin in the ongoing series.
In return, Kohli, proving he is the class apart from rest of the cricketers, not only on-field but also regarding ethics and principles, said, "I'm not going to sit here n comment about their faults. I'm no one to question someone's technique/faults. They should work on it themselves as international cricketers."