The on-field rivalry between Virat Kohli and Mitchell Johnson has always been an interesting subplot whenever India played Australia. As a result, when Kohli said that he would want a sledge-free summer in Australia, Johnson did not miss the opportunity to take a cheeky dig at the Indian captain.
On Friday, Fox Sports Cricket tweeted the news about Kohli’s press conference, where the 30-year-old said his team would not to go out looking for trouble in Down Under, but if the Australians were aggressive in their approach, the Indian team would “give it back”.
Taking a jibe at Kohli, Johnson replied to the Fox Sports Cricket tweet and wrote, “I look forward to no Virat send offs”.
“When it comes to getting engaged in an argument, or a fight, as people like to call it excitedly, I have been completely okay with playing without an altercation. At a personal level, I don’t need to find these things anymore. I have enough belief in my abilities that I can play without a reason to pump myself up,” Kohli had said.
“We were always the ones giving it back. We were never the ones starting anything. So as long as it doesn’t start, we don’t have a problem in focussing on our game and just doing what we need to do,” he added.
India’s tour of Australia starts November 21 with a three-match T20 International series. The two teams will then face-off in a four-match Test series before playing a three-match one-day international series in January next year.