Langer takes jibe at Kohli’s cel­e­bra­tions

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SCITE H - —PTI

Ade­laide: Aus­tralian coach Justin Langer says if his play­ers were to cel­e­brate wick­ets like In­dian cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli does, they would now be seen as “the worst blokes in the world”.

Langer also took um­brage at Sachin Ten­dulkar’s “de­fen­sive mind­set” tweet fol­low­ing Aus­tralia’s slow bat­ting on the sec­ond day of the open­ing Test against In­dia.

Kohli was his usual an­i­mated self on Fri­day, cel­e­brat­ing Aus­tralian wick­ets with gusto.

“He’s (Kohli) a su­per­star of the game and he’s the cap­tain. We’ve talked for as long as I can re­mem­ber in Aus­tralian cricket teams that you want to keep the op­po­si­tion cap­tain down as much as pos­si­ble. You love see­ing that pas­sion in sport,” Langer told Fox Cricket.

“Mind you I think if we did that at the mo­ment we’d be the worst blokes in the world. It’s a fine line isn’t it? “That’s the truth of it, but I love see­ing the pas­sion, that is great pas­sion. But as I said there’s a fine line.”

The head coach did con­cede the team was play­ing to a dif­fer­ent stan­dard of scru­tiny, a fall­out of the ball-tam­per­ing fi­asco in South Africa in March.

“The teams that Sachin would have played against started with Al­lan Bor­der and David Boon, and Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh, and Ricky Ponting,” Langer told Fox Cricket.

Justin Langer

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