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Melbourne Test: Kohli's aggression can backfire, says Sunil Gavaskar

New Delhi: Not too impressed with Virat Kohli's outbursts on and off the field, former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar yesterday said the aggression could backfire badly in the ongoing third Test against Australia as the tourists already have their back against the wall.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar

Asked if Kohli was merely returning fire with fire, Gavaskar felt the feisty batsman could well have done without it.

“I thought the press conference should have been about cricket rather than what went on the field. Generally, what happens on the field stays on the field. I am not too sure it was the wisest thing to do,” Gavaskar told NDTV.

Impact on the team
“He (Kohli) might get fired up by all this and score a hundred but how does it affect the rest of the team. Are you trying to suggest that the likes of Sachin (Tendulkar), (Rahul) Dravid and VVS Laxman didn’t let off steam. They were also very tough.

“If somebody says something don't back off, you just stand up. There is nothing wrong with it. But I don’t think we should be starting it because it can have an impact. Let’s not forget it could have cost him (Kohli) his wicket,” added Gavaskar.

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