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Rawalpindi Express Shoib Akhtar comes in defense of Viral Kohli over Perth incident

Published by Kashmir News Trust on December 21, 2018, 3:34 pm

Kashmir News Trust Web Desk

PERTH: Former star cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has come to Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s defence, saying that aggression has been a part and parcel of competitive cricket.

Kohli has come under criticism for his sledging and heated exchanges with his Australian counterpart Tim Paine during the tense second Test in Perth, which at one point needed the umpire to intervene.

It was reported that Kohli belittled Paine as just "a stand-in captain", although India's team management angrily denied he said it.

“Virat Kohli is one of the modern greats of the game. Aggression has been a part and parcel of competitive cricket, especially when you are playing Down Under as long as it stays in limit. Please cut him some slack,” Akhtar tweeted.