‘YouTube that video’: Who’s in Kohli’s sights now?
INDIA WIN SECOND TEST BY 75 RUNS
BANGALORE: India captain Virat Kohli has returned fire at n Test great Ian Healy, saying the former wicketkeeper does not have a leg to stand on to criticise him.
Healy had labelled Kohli’s behaviour as “unacceptable” and said he was losing respect for the batsman after his on-field sledging this series.
Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravi Ashwin and ns Steve Smith, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc are likely to come under scrutiny of the ICC’s match officials after a spiteful second Test.
The ICC will be under pressure to act or risk a repeat of the fiery scenes in Bangalore for the final two matches.
Kohli dropped a bombshell in his post-match press conference, all but accusing the ns of cheating, and he did not miss their predecessors either.
The star batsman dismissed Healy’s comments as irrelevant but said he was a hypocrite for pointing the finger at his on-field behaviour.
Healy was suspended for two matches for showing dissent after being given out caught behind during the third Test against South Africa in 1997. Cameras captured Healy angrily throwing his bat upon entering the dressing room at Centurion.
“We’ve got 1.2 billion people in India, one person doesn’t make a difference to my life,” Kohli said.
“Also you need to go and search on YouTube when he was given out down the leg side – I heard he said something about me not having good behaviour with the umpires.
“I think you all should YouTube that video and I think that says it all.”
A fired up Kohli also hit back at off-spinner Nathan Lyon for saying India would fall away without their inspirational skipper making runs.
India put everything on the line in the second Test, coming back after their first-day collapse to record a famous victory and level the series.
“For sure, until now this is the best one,” Kohli said.
“It was a quite emotional game for us, quite draining as well.
“A lot of people were talking about the head of the snake, I think the snake did pretty well by itself.
“It’s not about one individual here, if they keep focusing on the head of the snake then the snake can sting from a lot of directions.
“I think some people need to keep that in mind, but by far the sweetest victory for us.”