India vs Australia: Justin Langer sees the funny side of Kohli-Paine banter

first_imgVirat Kohli, who has been panned by former cricketers for his heated war of words with Australian skipper Tim Paine, found support from an unexpected quarter.Australia coach Justin Langer, charged with reshaping the team after the ball-tampering scandal, felt there was nothing wrong with the ‘banter’ between Virat Kohli and Tim Paine on days 3 and 4 of the second Test at the spanking new Perth Stadium.Langer, in fact, said he enjoyed the confrontation between the Indian and Australian captains. Ironically, he had criticised Virat Kohli’s wicket celebrations in Perth and reckoned Australians would be the worst blokes in the world if they celebrated like Kohli.With his first Test win as coach under his belt, Langer saw the humour to what looked like an ugly scene between Kohli and Paine.”I thought it was brilliant. As the two captains and they’re trying to stamp their authority on the game and I don’t think at any point there was any abuse or any real aggression to it,” Langer told ‘Fox Cricket’.”In fact there was a bit of humour and there’s been a lot of talk about banter. There’s got to be some in a Test match. It’s a great part of the game, and there was actually a bit of humour, a bit of Aussie humour as well.”That’s what we pride ourselves on we’ve got a bad reputation in a lot of ways, but when there’s a bit of humour in it I thought it was a good exchange,” he said.advertisementKohli and Paine almost collided with each other and had to be separated by the umpire. At one point, Tim Paine called Kohli big head – overall, it was not a pleasant sight to many. However, Langer felt there was nothing malicious about the incident.”I think the days of Dennis Lillee and Javed Miandad are gone. I think Andrew Symonds did it to a spectator one day, it was one of the best shirt-fronts you’ve ever seen in your life, but I can’t ever imagine that in the environment we’re now in with so many cameras,” he said.”It’d be absolutely silly for that to happen. That’s not cricket. They (Paine and Kohli) got close, but in a lot of ways it’s not a contact sport. We get that, but it was all part of that theatre of Test cricket and I didn’t see anything malicious in that.”Back home, senior Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah termed Kohli the world’s worst-behaved player. Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar said Kohli needed to be a lot more responsible as captain while Sunil Gavaskar said India started the sledging game in Australia and they now needed to be ready for copping some banter from the Aussies.Also Read | Virat Kohli did not boast to Tim Paine: BCCI refutes rumoursAlso Read | You seriously cannot like Virat Kohli as a bloke: Tim Paine tells Murali VijayAlso Read | Sanjay Manjrekar slams Virat Kohli’s on-field behaviour after spat with Painelast_img read more


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