Brad Hogg: What those criticising Virat Kohli should remember

Unhappy with Kohli? You might have a short memory.

Unhappy with Kohli? You might have a short memory. Photo: AAP

I’ve seen a lot of criticism for India captain Virat Kohli in recent days.

People aren’t happy with the way he goes about his cricket but I reckon some of those people need to stop complaining.

Virat is an exuberant and emotional character who trains so hard at his cricket. He wants it so much and that translates into his behaviour on the field.

Australians need to get off their high horse about Kohli and his carry-on – let’s not forget we are well-renowned for our sledging and have been for years.

For so long, Indians were the quiet guys who would just take it but in the past 20 years, things have changed.

They give it back now – and they even initiate the sledging at times. But that’s cricket.

When Kohli clashed with Steve Smith, I liked it. As long as it isn’t violent or very personal, it adds to the spectacle.

Kohli has clearly been expressing himself on the cricket field. But it’s good for the series and it’s good for cricket, if you ask me.

Some people are suggesting the line has been crossed. I don’t agree. I don’t think they’ve gotten close to it.

I’m glad no bans were handed out to Kohli, Smith or any of the other players – their behaviour didn’t warrant it.

Smith’s decision to look at the dressing room while contemplating using DRS will leave him feeling slightly embarrassed.

You’re not allowed to do that and, as a captain, he knows that. I think it showed the pressure of the moment and the series.

But it was dealt with then and there, by the umpire, who gave him his marching orders.

Emotions were clearly running wild in Bangalore and it was funny to think that some of the Indians and Aussies will be teammates in the upcoming Indian Premier League.


Kohli (right) sends a decision upstairs. Photo: AAP

In that sense, it reminded me of the Sheffield Shield we used to play, which could feature very heated contests between guys who would play together for Australia only weeks later.

What has been a little bit lost in all the fall-out from Bangalore is how brilliant the Test series has been.

I’ve been travelling around Australia over the last week or so and everyone is talking about Test cricket. We haven’t seen that a lot in recent years.

The wickets have produced challenging cricket and the battle has been intense.

It has been much more exciting than some of the cricket we see on flat pitches in Australia.

India took the second Test away from us with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s excellent partnership, particularly late on Day 3.

It wasn’t just India’s spinners who did the job in our unsuccessful run chase, though – I thought the home team’s quicks bowled superbly.

I thought something was wrong with Mitch Marsh given that he only bowled five overs and so it proved, with Cricket Australia announcing on Wednesday he was going home with a shoulder injury.

Mitch has been extremely unlucky in the India series with his dismissals but I do think that when he is fully fit, he is the best all-rounder in Australia – there’s no doubt in my mind.

Marcus Stoinis has been called into the squad but the selectors need the courage to play Glenn Maxwell.

He is the perfect batsman to come in at number six, given he can turn a match very quickly. He bats with flair and offers another spin option with the ball.

Spinner Brad Hogg has represented Australia on 145 occasions, featuring for the nation’s Test, one-day and Twenty20 teams. He played in the Big Bash League for the Melbourne Renegades last summer.

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