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Why this former Australia opener wanted to stab Virat Kohli with a stump

India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli have been the target of constant barrage from Australia -- be it media or current and former cricketers. In the recently concluded four-match Test series between India and Australia cricket team, Kohli and Steve Smith were involved in a raging controversy

cricket Updated: Mar 31, 2017 18:10 IST
Virat Kohli,Ed Cowan,Steve Smith
India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli plays his cricket hard and aggressive on the field and that has not been seen as a virtue by the opposing teams, especially Australia cricket team.(Getty Images)

Recalling a run-in withVirat Kohli, former Australia opener Ed Cowan said on Friday that he once felt like picking up a stump and stabbing the current India captain after being told something “highly inappropriate”.

India got the better of Australia 2-1 at home in one of the most intense but bitterly-fought series in recent years.

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Top-notch cricket aside, the series was marked by one controversy after another with the two captains - Kohli and Steve Smith - in the eye of a raging storm.

Cowan was quoted as saying by Fox Sports, “I had a very sick Mum during one of those series and he said something that was inappropriate.

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“Why I make the point of ‘lost in translation’, he said something that was highly inappropriate. A personal matter that was highly sensitive. Highly inappropriate. But he didn’t realise that he’d overstepped the mark until the umpire came over and said — ‘Virat that’s overstepped the mark’ — and once that was said, he took a step back and apologised.

The Australians have been targeting India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli ever since the series vs Australia cricket team began. Former Australia opener Ed Cowan is the latest in a long list of ‘Kohli bashers’ from Down Under ( Getty Images )

But, there was a moment I wanted to pick up the stump and stab him.”

The Australians have been targeting Kohli ever since he stopped short of calling Smith a ‘cheat’ following the DRS drama, involving the visiting skipper, in the second Test at Bengaluru.

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Cowan, who scored 1001 runs in 18 Tests with a best of 136, added that he is a big fan of the Indian.

“I’m a huge fan of his cricket. Don’t get me wrong he’s a phenomenal cricketer.

“I had a little bit of a run-in that was inappropriate when he toured Australia and the umpire had to intervene.

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“We forget that English isn’t their first language. It’s very easy to sit back and say as a player they’re barking something at me that is inappropriate when we don’t try and converse with them in Hindi.”

First Published: Mar 31, 2017 18:05 IST