Australia head coach Justin Langer has said that he felt like a "punching bag" after Virat Kohli's aggressive celebrations during India's 2018-19 tour. However, he also referred to as the "double standards" when it comes to sledging in cricket and which is very popular in Australia.
Virat Kohli led India won the Border Gavaskar Trophy by 3-1, their first-ever Test series win on the Australian soil and later they won by a 2-1 in the ODIs too, whereas the T20 series ended in a 1-1 draw. Australia, on the other hand, were going through a tough phase because of the ball-tampering scandal and decided not to do any sledging. However, Kohli's on-field behaviour angered Langer as well.
Langer on Kohli
"I remember that afternoon (feeling) like a punching bag. We can't fight back because it felt like we had our hands behind our backs and we just had to take it," Langer said in Amazon's recently released docu-series titled 'The Test'. "You must be feeling the double standards the way their captain is carrying on and we sort of have to be careful. Imagine if we behaved two out of ten (of) that."
However, Langar asked his boys to take on Virat Kohli but also warned them not to cross the line between banter and abuse.
Tim Paine on Kohli
On day four of the second Test at Perth, Kohli and Tim Paine were seen in a verbal spat as well as Paine thought it was crossing the limit from India side and he needed to step up for his boys.
"I sort of just had enough and thought you also have to stand up for yourself and your teammates and that was one of the reasons I thought, 'no, I'm the captain, it's my turn, I have to stand up and show him we're here for the fight'," Tim Paine said.
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