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Times of India responds on its interview of Johnson which cricketer claimed never took place

The 37-year-old Australian fast bowler had claimed that he never gave an interview to the English daily.

The Times of India on Monday issued a statement saying it is standing by its journalist’s interview of former cricketer Mitchell Johnson after the Australian claimed it never took place.

The English daily on Sunday published an interview of Johnson, conducted by journalist Sumit Mukherjee, with “Melbourne” in the dateline. Mukherjee is covering India’s tour of Australia for the daily.

The interview, published in a question-and-answer format, has quotes attributed to Johnson on a number of topics, including his opinion on the pace attacks of both Australia and India.

Johnson is quoted as saying that Jasprit Bumrah is “hard to score off and any batsman will think twice before taking him on”.

However, Johnson took to Twitter late on Sunday saying that he was not in Melbourne and also did not recall giving an interview to Mukherjee.

In another tweet, where Johnson quoted the International Cricket Council’s curation of the same interview, the Australian said he does “agree with parts of it but I never sat down with anyone from memory”.

In response to a Twitter user who asked whether the TOI journalist reported a conversation that took place between Johnson and another journalist, Johnson said, “I never had a Q&A with an Indian journalist & I’m not in Melbourne.

I did talk to many journalists casually through the first 2 test matches but I never agreed to an interview or on the record chats. If the journalist reported a chat I had with others, that’s a privacy issue?”

Minutes after Johnson’s tweets started kicking up a storm on social media, the ICC took down its curation of the interview and asked Johnson on Twitter whether he would like to issue a clarification.

On Monday, the Times of India then issued a statement on Twitter saying it stood by Mukherjee. Along with the statement, the daily also posted a photo of Mukherjee and Johnson together, claiming it to be proof that the interview took place.

“TOI correspondent Sumit Mukherjee spoke with Mitchell Johnson in the Optus Stadium media centre during the Perth test,” the statement said. “The interview TOI carried was based on parts of that conversation.

“The interview (not a formal sit-down one) was conducted over several short sessions interspersed with Johnson’s commentary stints. TOI stands by the interview and regrets Johnson’s faint memory…Here is a picture of Sumit and Johnson together at one of their small conversation sessions to refresh it.”

What was written in article?

Former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson heaped praise on Indian National Cricket Team pacer Jasprit Bumrah for his excellent show so far in the Test series against Australia.

The right-arm pacer so far has bagged eleven wickets form two Test matches against Australia. He is now the second-highest wicket-taker in the series behind Nathan Lyon (16 wickets).

Mitchell Johnson revealed who he thinks is the best bowler in the Indian team. Johnson also praised the Indian pace attack and also had given some advise to the bowlers.

But from all the pacers, he had picked Jasprit Bumah as the best bowler. Johnson who played with the Indian star for Mumbai Indians had said that Bumrah is hard to choose because of his action and consistency.

There is no doubt that Indian bowlers have bowled well as a unit over the past year or so and regularly picked 20 wickets in overseas conditions. They just need to assess the conditions and the pitch better and hit the right length quickly.

Ishant Sharma has been around for a while. He is hitting the bat hard, which is a good sign but needs to be more consistent with his line. Mohammad Shami has a smooth action and has the ability to surprise batsmen with the occasional short ball.

Umesh Yadav seems to have added a yard of pace but does not swing it much these days, but the bowler who impressed me most is Jasprit Bumrah,” Mitchell Johnson told The Times of India.

While talking about Bumrah he said that, “He has a unique action but is very consistent with his line and length. He hardly bowls a loose delivery, which means he is hard to score off and any batsman will think twice before taking him on. The pressure he creates at one end often leads to wickets tumbling at the other end”

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