Indian cricket, it seems, is in a state of war with Cricket Australia. In these controversial times, it has found a surprise ally in arch-rival Pakistan’s former Pacer Shoaib Akhtar.
It all started with India captain Virat Kohli going after Steve Smith and other Australians during the second day of the second Test. Former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy then escalated the tensions saying he had lost respect for Kohli’s India due to their poor behaviour.
It all culminated in the India captain hinting that his Australian counterpart Smith had ‘cheated’ while attempting a DRS call – a complaint has been lodged to ICC too in this regard.
Akhtar, who was known to raise his game while playing against India, has jumped in the controversy. However, this time it is not India captain Kohli but the Australian great Healy who has been yorked by the former fast bowler.
“Amused 2 read @Iheals take on @imVkohli. Come on Heals have heard many ‘polite enquiries’ in ur deep voice, case of pot calling kettle black,” he write on Twitter.
Earlier, Healy had said: “I’m losing respect for him. He’s not only now continuing his disrespect of the Australian players and umpires, but I think he’s putting pressure on his own players now.”
Even Kohli slammed Healy for his comments. “[I’ll lose respect] in his eyes? We’ve got 1.2 billion people in India. One person doesn’t make a difference to my life. And also I think you should go and search on YouTube, when he was given out in Centurion, down the leg side. I heard he said something about me not having good behaviour with umpires – I think you all should YouTube that video and I think, yeah, that says it all. Just see that video and next time you ask me the same question,” kohli said after India’s win over Austra in the second Test.
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The 41-year-old Akhtar added that Healy’s comments on Kohli egged the Indian cricket team to clinch the encounter. “If anything @Iheals comments on @imVkohli may have switched him & his team on even more. Sorry Heals this was a self-goal!”
Akhtar, who last played for Pakistan in an ODI in 2011, also congratulated kohli’men for his superb win over Australia in the second Test.
“Super show by @imVkohli &his men vs @CricketAus. I like him but history will also judge him how he handles pressures of cricket & life @BCCI,” he wrote.