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Virat Kohli wins Amitabh Bachchan’s support after Oz calls him Donald Trump

Virat Kohli was compared with American president Donald Trump by Australian media. Bollywood great Amitabh Bachchan has given a witty reply to the comment.

cricket Updated: Mar 22, 2017 12:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Delhi
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Virat Kohli-led India are currently tied 1-1 in a Test series with Australia.(AP)

The Australian media are gunning for India captain Virat Kohli’s head it seems. After terming his style as ‘dictatorial’, The Daily Telegraph compared him with recently elected American president Donald Trump.

The star cricketer has, however, found support from an unexpected quarter. Indian cinema great Amitabh Bachchan gave a witty reply to Australian media on comparing Kohli with Trump.

‘Virat Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport’ was the opening line of a Daily Telegraph report on Tuesday, a day after Australia managed to salvage a draw in the third Test of the series in Ranchi.

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The 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.

“Test captains, under the rules of the game, are supposed to be the flag-bearers for upholding the spirit of the game, yet the ICC has allowed the Indian captain to destroy one of the foundations on which the game has been played for more than a century,” the article said.

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“The fact Kohli has not been sanctioned for calling the Australians systematic cheats or his latest unfounded attack on Smith shows that he is completely untouchable. The ICC won’t fine him. Not even the BCCI, who through their broadcaster apologised to Smith, can get their skipper to tow the party line,” it said.

In another piece on kohli, The Daily Telegraph said: “Virat Kohli’s captaincy is an iron-fisted dictatorship and Australia must brace themselves for the attack of the clones in Ranchi...

“Kohli might be a cricketing tyrant and an enemy of democracy, but the only ones feeling oppressed are those on the other team.

“Australia is dealing with a single-minded enemy in the third Test starting Thursday, who have taken on the zealous mindset and beliefs of a captain who refuses to show weakness and demands greatness.”

Kohli-led India are currently tied 1-1 in a Test series with Australia, with the fourth and last Test set to begin on Saturday in Dharamsala.

First Published: Mar 22, 2017 09:52 IST