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Australia would be ‘worst blokes in the world’ if they celebrated like Virat Kohli, says Justin Langer

Justin Langer said he “loved seeing that passion” from Virat Kohli but felt Australia players would be judged differently if they did the same.

cricket Updated: Dec 08, 2018 09:52 IST
Press Trust of India
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India's Virat Kohli reacts after teammate India's Jasprit Bumrah took the wicket of Australia's Mitchell Starc.(AP)

Australia coach Justin Langer says if his players were to celebrate wickets like Indian captain Virat Kohli does, they would now be seen as “the worst blokes in the world”.

Langer also took umbrage at Sachin Tendulkar’s “defensive mindset” tweet following Australia’s slow batting on the second day of the opening Test against India.

Kohli was his usual animated self on Friday, celebrating Australian wickets with gusto. Langer said he “loved seeing that passion” but felt Australia players would be judged differently if they did the same.

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“He’s (Kohli) a superstar of the game and he’s the captain. We’ve talked for as long as I can remember in Australian cricket teams that you want to keep the opposition captain down as much as possible. You love seeing that passion in sport,” Langer told Fox Cricket.

“Mind you I think if we did that at the moment we’d be the worst blokes in the world. It’s a fine line isn’t it? “That’s the truth of it, but I love seeing the passion, that is great passion. But as I said there’s a fine line.”

The head coach did concede the team was playing to a different standard of scrutiny, a fallout of the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa in March.

First Published: Dec 08, 2018 09:49 IST