Virat Kohli Loses to Tim Paine in Sledging Contest as India Goes Down to Australia in 2nd Test Match at Perth, Is Indian Captain Crossing the Line Too Often?
The second test match between India and Australia was as much about the two teams as about Indian captain Virat Kohli and Australian skipper Tim Paine | (Photo Credits: Twitter)

Virat Kohli scoring a hundred and his subsequent celebration reveal  everything that the Indian captain is made up of. While Virat's centuries are a masterclass in batting, his brash celebrations after reaching the milestone say everything about the person beneath the master batsman. The Indian captain's "mind-games" and battle of "temperament" with Australian skipper Tim Paine has everyone guessing if Virat's Australian counterpart got the better of the Indian captain and the champion batsman in the second Test match at Perth. India lost the second Test by 146 runs, wasting the 1-0 advantage it had after winning the first Test at Adelaide. Bully Virat Kohli’s ‘Leave India’ Comment to Fan: These Ugly Episodes Prove Indian Captain Is Great Cricketer but Not a True Role Model!

While Virat's aggression has been a topic of debate ever since he made his entry at the international level, his over the top actions and comments of late has every cricket fan and observer wondering if Virat is going a tad too far as far as his conduct on and off the field is concerned. Especially after everything that happened between him and Australian skipper Tim Paine on Day 3 and 4 of the second Test match at Perth. And the fact that Tim Piane has emerged the cooler and smarter person in the banter, with a victory to show, should only rattle the Indian fans. 'Virat Kohli is World's Best Batsman And Worst Behaved Player' Says Naseeruddin Shah, Taking A Dig at Indian Captain's 'Leave India' Comment.

Virat Kohli had announced at the onset of the series that the Indian team and he would not get into confrontation with the Australian team. However, the Indian captain added “If they [Australia] want to play a certain way, we will reciprocate,” he said. Virat Kohli Ignores Question on KL Rahul & Murali Vijay’s Poor Form After Losing Perth Test, Watch Video.

“We were always the ones giving it back, we were never the ones starting anything” Kohli had emphasised in the press conference. However, Virat Kohli seems to be going back on his words now, because by all account, it is him who is getting worked-up leading to a ripple effect.

Check the following verbal exchanges between Virat Kohli and Tim Paine and decide for yourself who was the better between the two captains:

Kohli to Paine on Day 3: "I’m the best player in the world and you’re just a stand-in captain."

Paine's reply: “I don’t care whether you are the best player in the world, and he is; you've got to be very careful dropping lines like that because they do tend to come back at you.”

And then there was the chest-to-chest confrontation between the players, which looked more ugly than the incident actually was.

However, that tension was diffused by the on-field umpire. But Tim Piane took the cake with what he did or rather said to Indian opener Murali Vijay. "Murali, I know he's your captain, but you can't seriously like him (Virat Kohli) as a bloke," said Paine from behind the stumps that got him and Australia miles ahead in the match.

Kohli was dismissed by Nathan Leon for 17 in the second innings and that ended India's chances of chasing the stiff target set by Australia that India never looked in the position to get. India eventually got bowled out for 140 and Australia won the match by 146 runs. India vs Australia 2018, 2nd Test Video Highlights: Tim Paine & Co Defeat India, Claim First Victory After Sandpaper Gate.

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"Kohli is out of control, I don’t like his attitude at the moment" said Michael Hussey. And even though the BCCI has issued a clarification rubbishing the reports of banter between Virat and Paine, the actions are for everybody to see.

Sanjay Manjrekar, talking during the lunch break on Day 4, said that some of the things Kohli does on the field are quite unnecessary, like the gesture he makes with his hand indicating the bat doing the talking after reaching his hundred. To end on that note, it is again the dilemma between Virat Kohli- the batsman and Virat Kohli- the person on the field, that seems to dominate the debate. “We definitely will invite (the Indian team for a beer) after the series. That’s always been the thing that has happened and will always be the case,” said Paine in the post match conference, adding "beer" to injury and defeat.