Australian coach Justin Langer has questioned the double-standard when it comes to sledging in cricket after several aggressive celebrations from Virat Kohli.
The Indian captain was pumped up as his side roared back into the contest, but while Langer praised Kohli’s celebrations, he questioned what might occur if his side acted in the same manner?
Kohli was his usual animated self, celebrating Australian wickets with gusto. Langer said he “loved seeing that passion” but said Australia players would be judged differently if they did the same.
“You love seeing that passion in sport, don’t you?” Langer told Fox Cricket.
“Mind you, I think if we did that at the moment we’d be the worst blokes in the world, but it’s a fine line isn’t it? That’s the truth of it.
“But I love seeing the passion, I mean that’s great passion but, as I said, there’s a fine line isn’t there?”
Langer also fended off criticism from Sachin Tendulkar over Australia’s slow batting in the first innings.
Coach Justin Langer has rebuffed Sachin Tendulkar’s criticism that Australia’s batting is too defensive after the current side ground through a tough second day in Adelaide to remain behind India’s first innings.
As Australia battled to 7 for 191 on the second day on what has proved to be a difficult pitch for batting, Tendulkar tweeted:
“Team India should make the most of this situation and not lose their grip. The defensive mindset by the Australian batsmen at home is something I’ve not seen before in my experience. @ashwinravi99 has been very effective and has played a role to help the team be on top, for now.”
#TeamIndia should make the most of this situation and not lose their grip. The defensive mindset by the Australian batsmen at home is something I’ve not seen before in my experience. @ashwinravi99 has been very effective and has played a role to help the team be on top, for now.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 7, 2018
Langer conceded as coach he needed to be “wary” of that criticism and that it “could really hurt us” if the players let it get under their skin.
“The teams that Sachin would have played against started with Allan Border and David Boon, and Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh, and Ricky Ponting,” he told Fox Cricket. “Guys that had great Test match experience and they knew their game, were comfortable in their own skin and they knew what to expect.
We’ve got a team at the moment who are very inexperienced in Test match cricket, particularly our batting side.
They’re just fighting as hard as they can, they’re fighting their backsides off, they’re always looking to score but the wicket is tough, and it’s a slow outfield. That’s the beauty of Test cricket, it’s bloody hard work, Langer added.
Langer said Australia could have been a bit more proactive against Ashwin.
The wicket wasn’t overly easy to score on, and I thought they bowled really well and set some good fields. I think it’s pretty even and both teams have bowled pretty well so far.
Langer’s comments are meant to gain sympathy, said Gavaskar
Australian coach Justin Langer’s comments on Virat Kohli’s celebrations after taking wickets were meant to gain sympathy, that is not going to happen according to Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar.
“Virat Kohli only celebrates with intensity and I see nothing wrong in that. Why is it that Australian cricket has a bad name? Because they would abuse and celebrate. Let [Justin] Langer say what he wants to. He is going to get no sympathy for that,” he told India Today.
Virat had sympathy for Smith and Warner:
In an interview to be broadcast later on Saturday on Fox Sports, Kohli says he had sympathy with Steven Smith and David Warner with what they had to go through after the ball-tampering.