Virat Kohli loves confrontation, but it should not affect his team: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgThe Virat Kohli-Tim Paine exchanges during the Perth Test match may not have had any adverse affect on the seasoned Indian team. But they certainly got the Aussies going.Did Virat miss a trick in engaging Tim Paine’s Australia into verbals? It was the Indian captain who first poked his counterpart on the batting crease that it could be 2-0 if they messed it up.Paine responded by reminding Kohli who had to bat last. Given the match result, Kohli would admit his team could not walk the talk.Former skipper Sunil Gavaskar thinks Kohli will have to factor in many aspects before initiating a go at the Aussies in the future.”There are some people who play with a certain attitude that comes naturally to them. But when you come with a confrontationist attitude, you also have to see if it affects your teammates,” he told India Today.The Australian team has been under more scrutiny than ever before following their internal culture review report after the ball-tampering scandal.While exchanges may have come from either side, cameras showed that Kohli was in the thick of the action.Gavaskar compared Kohli’s on-field persona to Javed Miandad.”There are some players like Miandad who would want fielders to speak to him. If you are silent, he would lose his tempo. He would look for a confrontation. So we would all be silent when he was batting. If we spoke we would be inviting a hundred against us. So each one has his style,” he said.advertisement”But because Javed likes a confrontation does not mean, other members in your team also want it.”So while with Kohli, he would be motivated by getting verbal, it may not work with other players of the side. This is one thing he has to bear in mind, if what I am doing affects my team,” he observed.Gavaskar had earlier said the Indian team are no saints and he believed they were the ones who began the sledging war in Australia and now they had to be prepared to cop it. Ironically, Kohli had promised his men won’t start any verbal wars and would react only if the Australians played dirty.”Tim Paine is not in the Indian dressing room.. So how does he know Vijay does not like Kohli?,” Gavaskar told India Today.”These are the kind of things which are called gamesmanship. We have not been saints either. Way back in 2014, when Australia were down with the tragic death of Phillip Hughes, we started it. They were too shocked in the first Test and we started it.”In a situation like this, we will always lose. Australia are used to playing like that, we are not. It’s not in our DNA to play cricket like that. You also have to take into account if everyone in the team can take it. Even over here, we have started it,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Sanjay Manjrekar slams Virat Kohli’s on-field behaviour after spat with PaineAlso Read | Mohammed Shami on Kohli-Paine spat: Can’t mind these things too muchAlso Read | You seriously cannot like Virat Kohli as a bloke: Tim Paine tells Murali Vijaylast_img

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