Mumbai: Tinsel town seldom takes on the men in white flannels. But they had not reckoned with Naseeruddin Shah who on Monday gave his piece of mind to Virat Kohli for his rowdy behaviour. Naseeruddin vent his spleen on social media platform Facebook and wrote, “Virat K is not only the world’s best batsman but also the world’s worst behaved player.
His cricketing brilliance pales beside his arrogance and bad manners. And I have no intention of leaving the country, by the way.” Shah’s parting shot about ‘leaving the country’ was in response to Kohli promotional video wherein he asked a cricket fan to leave the country if he likes English players more than their Indian counterparts. Shah’s rebuke came on a day Kohli was seen exchanging sharp words with his counterpart – for the second successive day. Stump microphones picked up bits and pieces of their conversation. It went like this:
“You’re the one that lost it yesterday. Why are you trying to be cool today?” Tim Paine was heard saying to Kohli.
“That’s enough… Come on, play the game. You guys are the captains. Tim, you’re the captain,” umpire Chris Gaffaney interrupted the two. Paine replied: “We’re just having a conversation. There’s no swearing … Keep your cool Virat.” Kohli said something which couldn’t be picked up by the microphones. A couple of balls later, the warring duo almost came close to chest bumping when the India skipper walked in front of Paine while he was completing a run. Kohli later appeared to plead his case to square-leg umpire Kumar Dharmasena as Paine and Usman Khawaja continued to extend Australia’s second-innings lead. ‘‘I reckon it’s a sign Kohli is starting to lose it,” former Test bowler Damien Fleming said on SEN radio. Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar also blasted Kohli’s on-field behaviour and said the skipper needed to be more responsible. Gavaskar, in turn, said the Indian team are no saints and he believed they were the ones who began the sledging war in Australia and now they had to be prepared to cop it. Ironically, Kohli had promised his men he won’t start any verbal wars and would react only if the Australians played dirty.