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Virat Kohli-Donald Trump comparison a load of s**t: Michael Clarke

India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli first drew flak from the Australian media when he accused Australia cricket team skipper Steve Smith of looking up to the dressing room for assistance over DRS decisions during the Bengaluru Test. After Ranchi Test where more jousts happened, a Aussie newspaper compared Kohli to US president Donald Trump.

cricket Updated: Mar 22, 2017 23:54 IST
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India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has become Australian media’s favourite punching bag during the current India vs Australia cricket team Test series
India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has become Australian media’s favourite punching bag during the current India vs Australia cricket team Test series(HT Photo)

Former Australia cricket team skipper Michael Clarkeslammed the Australian media for making a comparison between India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli and US president Donald Trump.

“Comparing Virat Kohli with Donald Trump — what a load of s**t is that. What Virat did, even (Steve) Smith would have,” Michael Clarke was quoted by India Today website on Wednesday.

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“Bear in mind, I love Kohli and the Australian public love him. It’s just two or three reporters who are trying to tarnish him,” Clarke said.

Kohli has been repeatedly attacked by the Australian media outlets for his conduct in the ongoing India-Australia four-Test series.

Virat Kohli first drew flak from the Australian media when he accused Australia skipper Steve Smith of looking up to the dressing room for assistance over DRS decisions during the Bengaluru Test. Smith claimed it to be a ‘brain fade’ moment.

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During the last Test in Ranchi, Glenn Maxwell apparently mocked Kohli over shoulder injury. There were reports that Smith too took a dig at Kohli by holding his shoulder, but it was later revealed that it was Peter Handscomb’s hand.

The Daily Telegraph article headlined ‘Virat Kohli’s Donald Trump-like contempt for the truth making mockery of the game’ goes on to say how the International Cricket Council has allowed the Indian captain to make a mockery of cricket.

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Clarke lauded Kohli’s toughness said the media’s excessive focus on the Indian skipper has allowed the likes of KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay to score runs. “Virat is tough and if you’re number one, then you have got to be tough. That’s how champions play,” Clarke said.