New Delhi: Former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson was involved in multiple on-field altercations with current Indian skipper Virat Kohli during his time in the game, but the 36-year-old has now taken a dig on him from outside the pitch as well.
India levelled the series 1-1 in spectacular style in Bengaluru after losing the first match by 333 runs in Pune. However, Virat has struggled with the bat so far in the series and could only muster 0, 13, 12, 15 in the four innings he has played.
The blip in Virat's form has prompted Johnson to call Kohli 'frustrated' and that is something which is rubbing onto the team as well.
"He's (Virat Kohli) obviously quite passionate, but I just think he's frustrated because he hasn't scored a run and he's letting his emotions get the better of him. You could sense the vibe change halfway through the match and it coincided with India getting ahead in the game," Johnson wrote in a blog for foxsports.com.au.
"Obviously whenever there's a wicket the cameras go straight to Kohli to see his reaction - they know they're going to get those kind of reactions from him. And they did! He was giving a send-off to just about every player, which you've got to be very careful with. It can happen sometimes, when you're pumped up and you get a bit too fired up," wrote the seamer."
"I had a few run-ins with Virat. To be honest, I think it was every time we played. He hasn't had any time for me since the Boxing Day Test in 2014, when he finished the day saying he had no respect for me. The moment that changed everything was when he blocked a ball back to me and I threw it back at the stumps, seeing Virat was out of his crease and thinking I was a chance of a run out," recalled the Australian.
"The only problem was that Virat was in the way. He got hit in the back and I apologised straight away because it was a complete accident, but that message didn't seem to get through. There were plenty of verbals after that and he hasn't really stopped since," wrote Johnson.