Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 3rd day January 26, 2012

Kohli pleased to perform despite verbal battle

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Virat Kohli has said his first Test century is all the more special because he had to go through a verbal barrage from Australian fielders to get there, and that he gave it back verbally and still got there. He also spoke about the abusive crowds, which he said was an uneven battle because the crowds get away with it and the players end up getting fined or banned.

Kohli said there had been sledging throughout the day, but it reached a "low point" after he nearly ran himself out in desperation to get to his 100th run. "Hilfenhaus said something to me, which was totally unnecessary and out of the blue," Kohli said. "He wasn't even bowling or doing anything. I survived that run-out. He said something to me, which I can't obviously say in a press conference. I gave it back to him. 'You didn't even have anything to do with it, why would you do that?'

"Ishant and me both came together, and started saying stuff to them. They got really pissed [off] with it, I guess, and I usually play my cricket like that. I gave it back, so whatever happened at the end of the day I am pretty happy with what I did."

The sledging battle between David Warner and Ed Cowan, and Kohli has been an ongoing one. Today, though, Kohli said both of them congratulated him on getting his hundred, and Ricky Ponting tried to calm things down too. Kohli said he was never going to take abuse from anyone.

"To give it back verbally and then score a hundred is even better," he said. "I mean, we don't go out there to take any kind of stuff from anyone. We are international cricketers as well. They should know that. We need to let them know that. Be it in any way. By talking and by performing. It's much more satisfying.

"They sledge when they get frustrated. Obviously it was hot out there, and constantly they were sledging the players so they could spoil our concentration. During that partnership they went really, really low.

"In Sydney they were after me because I wasn't scoring. Today they were pissed [off] because I got a hundred so it hasn't changed much, but the reasons have changed."

Peter Siddle said he didn't mind that kind of sparring with Kohli. "I think he has [had a lot to say] but that's part of his game, he's a tough competitor and he's shown that," Siddle said. "He goes out there, has a bit of a chirp in the field, but he digs in when he's got the bat in his hand. That's the way Australia's played the game in the past, and that's the way we like to play it. It's good fun, a good contest, I like coming up against him and he's a good player. It's a nice challenge to have out there, and that's what people want to watch in Test cricket."

The sledging on the field might have turned out to be an even contest, but Kohli was more annoyed with the fan abuse. He was asked if the Australia players got abused just as badly in India. "I don't know about that," Kohli said. "I haven't spoken to Australian players about that. It is really, really frustrating at times because they say stuff which shouldn't be said on a cricket field.

"We have gone there to play, not to be abused like that. If they have come here [to the ground] to enjoy the game, they should do that. Not get drunk and abuse players. It's not fair on players. If the player says anything, they are fined and banned. The crowd can just say anything and go home. It should be played in a fair way."

After scoring his maiden century in his eighth match, Kohli also asked for more patience with youngsters coming into Test cricket. Kohli was under immense pressure after his failures in Melbourne and Sydney, with calls for him to be dropped, and had to work hard to come out of that mental state.

"They [the youngsters] are all waiting for their opportunities," Kohli said. "They are as talented or as skilled as any youngster that gets a chance in the team. All of them are eager to play. Putting too much pressure on someone initially, it's not fair on the guy. You need to let the guy blend into a certain format. Some people start well, some people take time, so you have got to have patience with someone who comes in. All the players who have got chances are good enough. And the day they are mentally even tougher and more sure of themselves, they will be consistent in Test cricket."

This tour has been an emotional journey for Kohli. He watched India lose a Test they could have won, and been involved with crowd abuse and sanctioned for it. He has been the person most sledged by Australia, but he has also been the only Indian to score a century. However, he said he didn't want to get carried away with it.

"I still maintain it's a learning curve for me," Kohli said. "I don't want to say I am established in Test cricket, but I am learning with every game. As long as I can learn and perform at the same time I am going to become a better cricketer everyday, and that's my aim right now."

Kohli didn't get to the century without hiccups, though. Two lower-order batsmen fell while he was in the 90s and that reminded him of Perth, where he was left stranded. "After tea, we lost two wickets in two balls again," he said. "I was pretty frustrated at that point of time. That something like Perth shouldn't happen again. The next over I decided to go after Harris so that I could get runs and finally, when I got the 100th run, I was on cloud nine. Starting your cricket as a young kid, you always dream of achieving a Test century, and that first one is always the most special."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Al_Bundy1 on January 28, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Kohli has got spunk. Tell him to stop whining and make him India's captain. Get rid of all the seniors and build a team around KOHLI. There's no shortage of talent in India. At this point, ROHIT SHARMA, PUJARA and KOHLI are better batsmen than the Big 3. RAHANE and MUKUND are better openers than GAUTI and VIRU. ASHOK DINDA and IRFAN PATHAN are better bowlers than ISHANT and VINAY.

  • Meety on January 28, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @zenboomerang - I have been nothing but respectful about the entire Indian side, there is only only player who I don't rate in their side. There are SOME Indian fans who I think are fools though, quite a few good ones & some that are hot & cold. Get down from the high horse fella!

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Mitcher, Virat is neither POOR nor OLD. He surely is the Angry Young Man of Indian Cricket and really a welcome change from the others who have got IPL money running in theircold- blooded veins, instead of the pride and fervour of playing for your country. Clearly, this young man has it ALL, to be the next Captain of India, and with the likes of the Ashwins, Ishants and Pujaras, script the next golden chapter in the annals of Indian cricket.

    And then... what's it with a bit of slanging with the kangaroos.. a case of the pot calling the kettle black, even after you've won... come on, buddy !!

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I think the BCCI should take up this matter of "sledging" with the ICC. Get rules framed whereby sledgers are warned, fined, banned.

  • Mitcher on January 27, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Poor ol' Virat. Life's tough for a millionaire cricketer. Hilf might not have had anything to do with the near run out on day 3. But he sure played a fair role in the ACTUAL run out on day 4. If this sort of comment came from a statesman like Dravid I might give it a second thought but from the most offensive, abusive, scowling player in the Indian side, it's nothing short of comical. Equally, I was disappointed when Warner revealed details of verbal battles in an earlier test. All teams engage in these things at some point. Leave it on the field.

  • Vishnu27 on January 27, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: you really need to get it right! Kohli is THE one who baited both Cowan & Warner the first morning of the first test! Not the other way around. If you don't like it, don't dish it. Australians will always return fire with interest.

  • Charindra on January 27, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    I agree with Kohli on one thing, and that is the fan abuse. It's ridiculous, and managed to put Muralitharan off everytime he visited. Disgraceful.

  • on January 27, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    @cpt.meanster- mate, remember 1996 world cup semi finals. SL vs Ind. when indians were losing, crowed went nuts and couldnt control their rage. started throwing bottles at srilankan players,then put stadium on fire. Also i wonder why any other team wont get sludged like indian team.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 27, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    @Meety: Well if Kholi has given the Aussies a valid reason to taunt him then I am afraid the Aussies are in for a nightmare in India. You reap what you sow 'mate'. The traffic in the country where I live moves in both directions, not just one. Maybe the rules are different in Australia. So it's okay for the Aussies to bad mouth the Indians ? that's what you are saying. I feel sorry for you and everyone who thinks along similar lines.

  • Sam_k14 on January 27, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Stop whinging Kohli. If you cant take it then find some other hobby. Have a pet! These results show who the true world champions are. Indian team won the WC by fluke, just like in 1983.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 28, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Kohli has got spunk. Tell him to stop whining and make him India's captain. Get rid of all the seniors and build a team around KOHLI. There's no shortage of talent in India. At this point, ROHIT SHARMA, PUJARA and KOHLI are better batsmen than the Big 3. RAHANE and MUKUND are better openers than GAUTI and VIRU. ASHOK DINDA and IRFAN PATHAN are better bowlers than ISHANT and VINAY.

  • Meety on January 28, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @zenboomerang - I have been nothing but respectful about the entire Indian side, there is only only player who I don't rate in their side. There are SOME Indian fans who I think are fools though, quite a few good ones & some that are hot & cold. Get down from the high horse fella!

  • on January 28, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Mitcher, Virat is neither POOR nor OLD. He surely is the Angry Young Man of Indian Cricket and really a welcome change from the others who have got IPL money running in theircold- blooded veins, instead of the pride and fervour of playing for your country. Clearly, this young man has it ALL, to be the next Captain of India, and with the likes of the Ashwins, Ishants and Pujaras, script the next golden chapter in the annals of Indian cricket.

    And then... what's it with a bit of slanging with the kangaroos.. a case of the pot calling the kettle black, even after you've won... come on, buddy !!

  • on January 27, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I think the BCCI should take up this matter of "sledging" with the ICC. Get rules framed whereby sledgers are warned, fined, banned.

  • Mitcher on January 27, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Poor ol' Virat. Life's tough for a millionaire cricketer. Hilf might not have had anything to do with the near run out on day 3. But he sure played a fair role in the ACTUAL run out on day 4. If this sort of comment came from a statesman like Dravid I might give it a second thought but from the most offensive, abusive, scowling player in the Indian side, it's nothing short of comical. Equally, I was disappointed when Warner revealed details of verbal battles in an earlier test. All teams engage in these things at some point. Leave it on the field.

  • Vishnu27 on January 27, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: you really need to get it right! Kohli is THE one who baited both Cowan & Warner the first morning of the first test! Not the other way around. If you don't like it, don't dish it. Australians will always return fire with interest.

  • Charindra on January 27, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    I agree with Kohli on one thing, and that is the fan abuse. It's ridiculous, and managed to put Muralitharan off everytime he visited. Disgraceful.

  • on January 27, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    @cpt.meanster- mate, remember 1996 world cup semi finals. SL vs Ind. when indians were losing, crowed went nuts and couldnt control their rage. started throwing bottles at srilankan players,then put stadium on fire. Also i wonder why any other team wont get sludged like indian team.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 27, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    @Meety: Well if Kholi has given the Aussies a valid reason to taunt him then I am afraid the Aussies are in for a nightmare in India. You reap what you sow 'mate'. The traffic in the country where I live moves in both directions, not just one. Maybe the rules are different in Australia. So it's okay for the Aussies to bad mouth the Indians ? that's what you are saying. I feel sorry for you and everyone who thinks along similar lines.

  • Sam_k14 on January 27, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Stop whinging Kohli. If you cant take it then find some other hobby. Have a pet! These results show who the true world champions are. Indian team won the WC by fluke, just like in 1983.

  • zenboomerang on January 27, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    @Meety :- "Thankyou Mr Kholi, I have a new source to deride Team India!" ... Why?... They deserve respect as do any opponents... All teams sledge - Pot calling the kettle black :) ... All countries have fans that show inexcusable behaviour - even here at AO I've seen drunk idiots being walked out of the ground... Otherwise the crowd behaviour is excellent...

  • zenboomerang on January 27, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster :- "Why can't foreign teams try to 'win' over Indian crowds"... Obviously haven't heard of Steve Waugh... @ :- "Davy Warner and Ed Cowan should have kept their lips zipped"... So Kholi sledging on the 1st morning of the 1st Test is OK, but not if Aussies retaliate?... @ :- "Indians are generally well mannered people"... So why do your own people put large steel cages around the grounds?... That would be unacceptable in Oz... @ :- "Aussies are known to be one of the world's most undisciplined people"... Yes, that is why we have atomic bombs to protect ourselves from the Kiwi's :P ...

  • taniap on January 27, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Regardless of what they say, I think it is very immature if a team or persons have to resorts to sledging as a tactic. You don't see players endaging in stuff like that even in contact sports like Rugby. It shown desperation of those engage in it. I think players should hold their heads up high and not react - it shouldn't be seen as a weakness if one ignore sledging - it shown character and their ability to concentrate on the important stuff regardless what is going around in the fringes.

  • Cheeki on January 27, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Kohli aka Angry Young Man, should learn to zip his mouth even if he is motivating himself with the choicest Punjabi abuses as it sends out a wrong message to kids. For all his cricket skills, his social skills on the field leave a lot to be desired. As an Indian, I would advice him to perform on the field and earn the respect of Aussie crowds. Sachin is never taunted or abused as he has earned their respect though his performances on the field. I guess you will mature with time and hopefully channel more of your aggression into your batting and fielding performances. Being a cricket star, you have responsibilities and its time you took them up kiddo. All said and done, fantastic knock and it made me proud of you.

  • on January 27, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    I agree with other comments here in that if Kohli wants to get involved in sledging with players on the field then don't whinge when the crowd join in as well. Best way to silence the crowd is to shut up, put your head down and work your backside off to score runs. Anything else makes you come out looking like a whiner and a cry baby which only encourages the crowd to give you more stick whether you are right or wrong.

  • HARCOURT_CUMBERBACH on January 27, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Dear Mr Scrunton, it may come as a surprise to a novice such as yourself that sledging is not an Australian invention, nor is at a recent one. I have had the pleasure of playing at a fairly high level in both the UK and Australia and I can tell you that as a young man in the late 60's my introduction to the world of semi professional cricket was an eye opener, or should I say ear opener! It is lucky my father was a merchant seaman for otherwise I fear I may have run from the pitch in terror. I quickly came to the understanding that once one shut the chatter out it dropped off very quickly and those of my peers who did not tweek to this copped an earful most of the time. Mr Kholi seems quite happy to give but not receive, and in the words of the youhg ones today he needs to "man up".

  • sosbo on January 27, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Unfortunately if comes down too winning games of cricket. All test playing nations have their way of looking for an edge over the opposition. I personally sat witnessed a test match in India watching them crowd the bat in the 4th innings on a turning pitch appealing for everything and I mean everything that was not even remotely out putting mental pressure on the batsmen and the umpires. It comes down to winning games of cricket.

  • CSpiers on January 27, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    what an amusing reaction, harden up kohli you wimp! Treat it like siddle does - an extension of the battle. Either do that or never come back and just play on flat tracks where all you get is applause :)

  • rienzied on January 27, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Yes and what use is it, India trailed by almost 400 runs , and rather let the sledging worry you, he has now made himself an easy target for the future. No doubt, he is a good bat and has made the transition across, but his short fuse is wild, rather than control aggression. As what most have said, let the bat talk with runs and when you have made the runs, give it back to them in the field. As a batsmen, seldom will I react because that is part of the game to lead you to self destruction

  • dovif on January 27, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Indian Cricketers are too used to playing the minnows like Zimbabee and Bangadesh, in those series, they are bullies and they are where the likes of Tenduker, Dravid, Laxmen etc build their reputation.

    Without those series, the likes of Tenduker, Dravid Laxmen would just average 35-45 with the bat.

    When they go overseas, they are shown up as the fraud that they are, that is why the whinges and cries, and complain that the opposition is too tough and the pitch are too tough, it is just a simple case of flattrak bullies being buillied and crying about it

  • andrew-schulz on January 27, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    What? Hilfenhaus can't speak to him because he is fielding, not bowling? You should have a look at your own team Virat. You are a fruitcake who has now shown himself to be more interested in a personal milestone than important runs for the team at both the world cup and this Test match. Has there ever been a more pathetic sight than your celebration when there was an easy ( and much needed) second run to take.

  • Kays789 on January 27, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    if the aussies sledge, indeed give it right back. but to go in front of the media and whinge about it? thats rather immature im afraid.

  • da_team on January 27, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    LMAO what a bunch of whingers India lol i cant believe you say our fans (Aussies) are bad. Your team got FLOGGED its ok but that happens when only one player for india plays well. Anyway definatly going to save this media conf that Kohli gave to my favorites for when we have a comedy night ill play it for the lads. Anyway if you want to continue saying that come to india and play and see how you go is something a Number 6 test ranking team says lol well thats where your team is heading Chao have fun im going to sit back and watch ponting to get some more runs lol, oh by the way THANKS for getting our batters into good form for s lololololololololololololololololololololololololo

  • on January 27, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    grow up little man...don't be a cry baby!!!!!!

  • jaztech on January 27, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    Why is it that only the Indian cricketers complain about on-field (and off-field) banter? Time for the Indian cricketers to grow up, stop their pathetic bleatings, and play some decent cricket. Is any one of those three possibilities going to happen any time soon? And for Kohli to air his grievances at a press interview is sad and embarrassing for Indian cricketers. Surely some of the senior players can have some influence on this fool and bring him into line with a reality check or two??

  • Shan156 on January 27, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    @SFay, you would have to forgive our friend nish6738. Obviously, he/she refers to the hammering Steyn received in the only real sporting event that matters for some - the IPL.

  • Chris_P on January 27, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster OUR country needs to respect visiting teams? After what Andrew Symonds endured over there?Where have the Indians suffered stadiums racially vilifying them such as what occurred to yjust tmonds? And it was waved away as a misinterpretation! Pot, meet kettle. Open BOTH eyes pal.

  • Tarn on January 27, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Well said Black Rider, Murali took an awful lot in Australia, I was one who enjoyed no-balling him, but he won me over.

  • Hodra99 on January 27, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    He is sounding like the school yard dobber...come on Virat, you guys are all over your opponents when your winning, but cant handle it when things aren't going your way. If you give it, you have to be able to take it son!

  • gibbons on January 27, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    In the same interview he criticizes the sledging as over the top, and claims to give as good as he got. No doubt his fans will justify that by claiming he's just defending himself, but that's not the tone of the interview. And I spent 7 hours sitting in that hot sun, and I'm sorry - if the crowd was taunting him, they must have been cunningly doing it via telepathy, because it sure wasn't audible. I wish I hadn't read this article, because I had a lot of respect for his hundred, and now I've seen schoolboy whining that comes after. You can't claim the moral high ground AND the gutter victory, it has to be one or the other.

  • on January 27, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    @Nish8738 - I am an Indian Cricket fan but your comments are utterly disgraceful. Green pitches with a lot of bounce ??? If Australia is scoring 600 than it obviously isn't a bad pitch to bat on. We Indians are lacking the mental application that is required to score some runs on these pitches - not to mention the flaws in technique to play short and seaming ball. As for Kohli's comments, I have to agree with him 100%. Aussies are a very quite bunch when they are loosing (remember the ashes anyone). Good on him for giving it back to them but more importantly scoring some runs of the bat to back up the talk.

  • Meety on January 27, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - absolute rubbish mate. India have some of the worst behaved fans on the planet, & you want to single out Ozzy crowds over some useless comments from Kholi. I was not at the game, but I saw the way the crowd applauded Kholi's 100, & the way the crowd gave standing ovations to Sachin & VVS. ALL the banter occurred directly in front of the umpires who, technically would be considered to be culturally as sensitive to issues as Kholi. It's funny how none of the other Indian top 7 have appeared to be put off by things - only KHOLI! Kholi up to this tour has done basically NOTHING away from India, so he has no idea & is hence the most outspoken WHINGER in the team. He has now painted a great big sign on his forehead saying - "PLEASE TAUNT ME". He will cop it everywhere he tours now. Since India toured without Harbhajan or Ganguly, I had no reason to dislike this Indian team until now. Thankyou Mr Kholi, I have a new source to deride Team India!

  • SportNut on January 26, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    HI All, 1st up - The single most important thing Kohli said in the interview was that his main protagonists - Cowan and Warner - were both there to offer their congratulations when he reached his milestone. 2nd thing -Those offering up the dribble that our crowds are worse than you crowds etc. You should have been here last year when the Sydney crowd booed and sledged our Captain for the entire game - not acceptable not ever, but given the vitriol poured out here by so called supporters from India, one can only imagine what would be happening back there to their team at the moment. 3rdly - Well done Siddle and great job Kohli - it was great to watch both sides of their performances. Lastly - Kohli will be sledged for now and forever - I expect he will have a lot of time in the middle to get to know and appreciate this form of "play" - he will "play" this ball better in the future, and if he continues to deliver the runs, he will be respected, more than he currently is.

  • Nerk on January 26, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    If you're happy to chat with the fielders, don't chat to the press about sledging. The best way to beat sledging is say nothing and score runs. I don't remember Tendulkar, Laxman or Dravid act like Kohli has acted, most of the time they get on with the game. And Kohli has a lot more runs to score before he catches up with them.

  • Harry_Kool on January 26, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Let's all hold on for a minute. There has been NOTHING said between the 2 reams the first 2 tests at all. Teams not crowds. India got pummelled the first innings in Perth when David Warner came out & started to smash the Indian attack all over the ship. THAT was when Ishant, followed by Kholi started. There had been NOTHING prior to that, so help me understand where you guys go around saying the Aussies started it this time? Just waiting for a reason to start up on us again? Sure the Aussies started on Kholi in Adelaide, but did anyone else get targeted? No, because this was still a carry over from when he started in Perth. If Kholi, who is blossoming as a fine test bats btw, didn't like barbs back at him, then he shouldn't have started . Zak, sledges all the time, but he is competitive & thrives on it. It has been enjoyable watching the banter between him & some of the Aussies (Haddin in particular). Takes 2 to tango, fellas, & your guy needs to grow up a little.

  • on January 26, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    HAHAHA. Virat you made 100 and well done on that but if you hadn't noticed the series is over so your hundred is completely meaningless and too late. You probably won't even even win this Test so in context your hundred is also meaningless in this GAME. To front the media after your first hundred in your 8th Test (a poor record in itself) acting like a big shot is completely laughable. HAHAHA Virat Kohli the big shot. HAHAHA

  • woodhaven on January 26, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    kohli should remember that. this days indian try to sledge more than other country

  • Stevo_ on January 26, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    @Nish8738 - Steyn hammered in India ? If 26 wickets @20.23 is being hammered I'd hate to see what great figures look like ( I'll let you in on a secret , 26 wickets @20.23 are great figures)

  • on January 26, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    There is no excuse for sledging. If players don't have the skills to bat, bowl or field without sledging, they shouldn't be playing. A load of kids playing who don't know how to behave. Umpires should give one warning and then send off any player who continues to sledge. NO REPLACEMENT. I bet you would see a diferent behaviour pattern!

  • boooonnie on January 26, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    Kholi gave it back to the Aussies and scored 100 - he got his revenge in all the right ways! Where is the problem? If they do it again score more runs in the second innings. Viv Richards rarely responded to sledging, when he heard it he made sure he punished them his bat. And boy, did he what!

  • on January 26, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    If Kohli doesn't like sledging then he should quit and go become a gardener because it's a part of the game. Last time they were here Anil Kumble turned a mole hill into a mountain by whinging about an apparent lack of sportsmanship when India lost the test in Sydney. Stop being so thin skinned and you might start winning tests overseas because until you do you will never be taken seriously.

  • on January 26, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    As an australian, I don't mind a bit of banter, but if any player or spectator crosses any boundary of racism or anything that would be insulting to him and his family, that is totally unacceptable. I don't think the australian team is as bad as what people say, it is our crowds. It is a great privledge to see the indian cricketers of the calibre of Tendulker and Dravid over her, lets make them feel welcome like we did the West Indies in 1960-61. After all, we are the hosts, you wouldn't insult someone who let you stay at their house . The problem I think is the amount of alcohol consumed at the venue, this needs to be capped in some way, because the more grog someone has, the more abusive he/she becomes.

  • on January 26, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Hello Virat .... Sledging is part and parcel of the game, when somebody sledge on the field, you can sledge them back and also show them by scoring more 100's or taking more wickets, you have to be aggressive. But remember the Indian team politics, please don't get involved, just go there and play and have fun. There are groups in Indian team like seniors, juniors and in-between. Your role is to play hard and let your bat talk. All the best.

  • daniels1974 on January 26, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    You were not racially abused by the crowds in Australia. Remember the last Australian tour to India where Symonds was abused and the BCCI said the crowd was offering prayers to a Hindu God.

  • nikhilshahb on January 26, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    The psychological battle on the part of the Aussies is fair play. The mental aspect of the game is highly underestimated and players should get counseling, perform breathing exercises and practice imagery and Yoga. Here are the areas :

    1. Form and overcoming slump 2. Temperament 3. Fiesty ness, determination, will power and motivation 4. Positive thinking, Self confidence/ belief 5. Focus, disciplined and assertiveness 6. Patience, responsibility and self restraint and staying power 7. High Morale, intensity levels and passion 8. Anger Control, Emotion and Anxiety 9. Over-training, injury anxiety and burnout 10. Resilience and ability to overcome adversity 11. Setting Personal goals 12. Drive and hunger to succeed. 13. Consistency and persistence 14. Aggressiveness

    These areas will help the team ability to overcome a 4-0 whitewash. The difference between the 2 teams are not that wide but overcoming the mental dimension is important

  • Stevo_ on January 26, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Cry me a river Kohli , you chat as much as anyone else.

  • Nish8738 on January 26, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    I don't know why everyone is forgetting that this series is being played in australia they have green pitches and alot of bounce. When they come to india there will be no green pitch no bounce just spin. Australia has no spinner to trouble india. U will see triple hundereds double hundereds from india when australia tours india.. England lost 0-5 to india in ODIS after they beat the stronger indian team in Eng. So home conditions do matter alot. i agree with gauti that siddle is just an average bowler who will be hit all over the park by indians when he goes to india. Brett lee,dale steyn,akhtar all got hammered in india so will he.

  • Wozza-CY on January 26, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Aahhhh boo hoo Virat. He's not sure whether Indian spectators abuse other nations players? He obviously didn't hear the monkey chants when Symmo played on the sub-continent. Take a tea-spoon of cement & harden up Virat!

  • on January 26, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @CaptMeanster...dude cant you see what you are saying is completely hypocritical? I like Kohli's aggression and if you look at the recent IPL, Kohli and Gambhir were sleding each other and there is nothing wrong with that. That's how grown men play sports. But to go to the media and complain after that is just plain immature. Secondly, I have been to enough IPL matches to see Indians are as good as anybody else at abusing opposition players on the boundary ropes. With the possible exception of tennis, fans heckle players around the glove and if you want to represent your country at this level, you should be able to handle the pressure not whine about it. It is part of the game and we seem to make a huge deal out of it like somebody besmirched our honor. Give as good as you get and once you are off the field, dont cry about it. Kohli of all people should know this.

  • pie314 on January 26, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: The new generation of Indian players are not gentlemen like Dravid and Laxman (Tendulkar only appears to act like one, but he is an underhanded liar, see harbajan symonds saga). Players like Sreesanth and Harbajan have horrendous onfield behaviour, which I suppose you support. Aggression is one thing, but racially vilifying a player is wrong (again see symonds). Indians are probably the most racially prejudiced people I have ever met. They may appear polite but if you don't share their skin colour, they wont hesitate to rip you off and abuse you. Btw, I have been to India and the way they treat tourists is dirty. Cricinfo please publish.

  • on January 26, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Harden up, princess! This is international cricket, you're not in your protected home of India any more. You should listen to Kevin Pieterson, he's copped it more than anyone.

  • Barnesy4444 on January 26, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Test cricket is a tough game. It looks like Kohli gives just as good as he gets. I'm glad that ugly sledging incidents have reduced since Punter took over the captaincy. Clarke will temper ugly incidents too without compromising toughness.

  • vj3478 on January 26, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Everybody know that OZ sledge a lot on field when compared to others coz they play HARD. thats fine tho. but wat to do with crowd? Virat has to learn a lesson or two. In OZ saying bad abt mom/sisters is fine but when you say 'monkey' they get offended. that's cultural difference. and hell ya, he is no saint and everybody knows that!

  • on January 26, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    cup of concrete required for poor old Kohli... Get pver yourself man.

  • JonGreen on January 26, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    @team_indian: The Aussies are not the ones complaining, so I don't know what you're talking about. Kohli is the one complaining, and yet he is known around the world as the Indian player who sledges more than any other. He gives as much as abuse as anyone on the field - you only have to look back to the MCG test to see him mouthing off at every ball when he was in the field - he was not bowling, he was not batting, but he was sledging.But when it happens to him he cries about it. He batted very well and should be very happy - but he can't have it both ways. He sledges on the field himself, so he needs to accept it back.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 26, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Just when I thought I could love and respect this Aussie team under Michael RESPECT Clarke, they go back to their old ways. What a tragedy! Seriously. The only silver lining is the veteran Ponting trying to calm things down. It's a shame that millions like me will never be allowed by the Aussie players to love them the way we loved the Windies of yore! Come on Mr. Respect, let your team members know that this is not the legacy you want to endorse. Please guys. Grow up and please let the fans love and respect you irrespective of the fact that these fans may belong to some other country.

  • leggetinoz on January 26, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Hey Virat, there is a saying in Australia that "if you are listening to what the opposition fans are saying in the stands then you will soon be joining them in the stands". Who cares, every away team in the world has to put up with biased home support, its part of being a sportsmen. You don't hear the aussies complaining about the songs the barmy army make up about them or the abuse they cop in India or SA. They in fact come out and praise them in some cases. Just ignore the crowds and they will leave you alone, you have shown that you are rattled by them so you can expect to cop it even more as they want to help the aussies win by putting you off your game.

  • rust01 on January 26, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    @TeamIndian do you honestly believe that India does not sledge just as much as every one else. Now naive are you? And what about Indian crowds and their abuse and racial taunts? It seems to be OK when the abuse comes from India but when those big nasty Australians do it then it is suddenly unacceptable. Kohli needs to grow up and Indians in general needs to stop with all the whinging and hipocracy.

  • Number_5 on January 26, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    With 35,000 other cricket fans i stood and clapped at the little Master arrived at the crease yesterday, you could feel the swell of support for him with each scoring shot and the disappointment when he got out. VVS also gained similar support but alas we were to not see any of his wristy mastery this tour. 35,000 stood and applauded when Kohli scored his century, a fighting knock to prove the young man belongs at this level. His response was to acknowledged only the Indian dressing room. The war or words took place right in front of the umpires, both from the sub continent who are charged with upholding the values of the game according the laws of the game as agreed upon but all countries. They saw nothing that warranted any charge of misconduct from either team. Kohili's comments are as disappointing as the performance of the Indian team this series.

  • Lankaraj on January 26, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Congratulations ! A job well-done yesterday . Still a long way to go mate, you must learnt to live with the crowd. Just remember, the people are paying a good money to come and have fun - Just entertain them than moaning about them. You must be happy that no one has ran into the ground to punish you for the way your team has been playing. The cricket need players like you to survive, so get entertain the crowd with your bat just like what you did yesterday. Aussies are the nest people in the world - you need to learn to deal with them - Seek advise from Tendulker or Luxman .

  • PatangAus on January 26, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Congrats to Kohli, I was really behind him getting a century despite being a devoted Australian fan, he deserved it, nice to see some fight from an Indian batsman in this series. The sledging from the players is baiting, he just took it hook line and sinker.He obviously gets upset by it and the Australians wont let him off now he has openly talked about it in the media, as someone else said, take a lesson from Tendulkar and just do your talking with the bat. As far as crowd abuse, as an Australian this makes me ashamed, I once had to remove myself and my son from a match in Brisbane due to drunken idiots. Having said that i'm sure there are fools in any crowd around the world.

  • TheBengalTiger on January 26, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Cpt..Meanster- perfect analysis. Why on Earth should Australians be allowed to get away with this? and they they havbe the audacity to have a go at Kohli. It was Warner/COwan/Haddin who started it. Thats why Gambhir had a go back. Dean Jones sums up the attitue of Australain cricketers perfectly

  • TheBengalTiger on January 26, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Remember, it was Australia who stareted the abusing. Its embarrasing that they can get away with this. They should be punished.

  • David_Boon on January 26, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Loved how he now thinks he's Viv Richards and the king of the cricketing world, cos he scored a hundred. Might do you well to take a look at the scoreboard mate, you're 400 runs behind!! Maiden ton or not, not exactly a time to be celebrating and tooting your own horn, he should be more concerned about his team's abysmal performance!

  • dovif on January 26, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    So when Gambir said that Siddle is an average bowler, that is ok, when the Indians mouths off at the Australians, like Warner, it is ok.

    When someone say something to Kohli, he cries to his mummy, GROW UP!!!!

    As for Gambir's "helpful pitch" was he referring to 7/604 or 4/659, did Gambir just throw the indian bowlers under a bus, they must be not very good to give up so many runs on such a "helpful pitch"

  • Dubious on January 26, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Kohli, you've made one century and already you're dictating how people should talk on a cricket field and how crowds should behave--you should be grateful there was an audience for your first milestone, there wouldn't have been had the Test have taken place in your home nation. Grow up mate.

  • inthebag on January 26, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    What's the matter Virat, those nasty Aussies upsetting you? He's a good player but certainly looks pretty fragile, he's going to cop it now.

  • itsthewayuplay on January 26, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Virat - I owe you an apology. I formed an opinion on your test match prospects based on the away and home series against the WI however in this current series you have played very well and shown the rest of the batters how to bat on these surfaces. I hope you continue to do well. btw - can you have a word with Suresh on how to play the short ball.

  • finncam on January 26, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Is Kohli sullen brat or what? He talks as if his side is winning. What frustration exactly is it the the Australian team is under? BEing over 300 runs ahead? Sounds like the frustration is all Kohli's. And targeting Hilfienhaus, very quiet man, just shows Kohli really does say anything at all to get attention. Hilfenhaus is not known for sledging and ever speaking much at all on the field, so Kohli must have been really unpleasant to rile him up. If, of course, this isn't just another of Kohli's tall stories.

  • kazim11 on January 26, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    CRY ME A RIVER KOHLI!!!! LOL

  • team_indian on January 26, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    I am really taken aback by some of the comments made by readers against the young player, Virat. Its just like what Sunil Gavaskar said once about the Aussie behavior on the field.... when any other team does it then its verbal abuse but when its an Aussie who is involved in the verbal exchange, then its a strategy which they fondly call Mental disintegration of the opposition. The young boy is trying hard to make a good match out of it and when nothing goes in your favor use the oral route viz abuse him till he makes a mistake!!!! Is this cricket??? Just because Sachin didn't react, it doesn't mean that all the other players will take this lying down. He is young and will react, whats wrong with it. If the Aussies have a problem with it, then they need to shut up and stop abusing. You need two hands to clap, so if Kohli is wrong so are the Aussies.Great fightback by Virat, he is surely one for the future.

  • on January 26, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Indians should keep very very quiet when they start commenting on crowd behaviour. Name one test in australia where the crowd have rioted where they have thrown chunks of concrete at opposition players? reflected light/lasers into players eyes? and what did harbajhan say to symonds all those years ago????? people in glass houses mr kohli

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 26, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    @Plod: You are being a biggest DUD here. I guess you were the one that sledged Kohli from the stands. You and your ilk know nothing better and your comment proved that to me. Just when I thought of liking this Aussie outfit.. they have drowned my respect for them with such cheap antiques. Who cares whether you win 4-0.. you are beating up a dead snake so it cuts either way. Your country needs to RESPECT visiting teams. Learn that from other great sporting nations like Canada, China, Russia etc. They may not like the opposition much but nobody goes around selling their mouths like Aussie crowds. I have been on 2 visits to Australia and I have encountered some of the worst abuses from complete strangers. I was abused by a total stranger in a park. Some of the most unfriendly people in the world are Aussies. So try preaching your sermons to your countrymen bro. Thanks. Cricinfo please publish.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 26, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Some of the comments here are nothing short of ignorant and prejudiced. WHY should Indian players 'win' the Aussie crowd support ? can't the Aussies just keep quiet ? why such double standards in international cricket ? when Indian crowds chant something against the opposition then that's turned into a national headline with negative coverage. Why can't foreign teams try to 'win' over Indian crowds. What makes the Aussie people so special ? in fact they are one of the most abusive crowds in the world. Indians are generally well mannered people with cultured attitude until pushed to the brink. Kohli's anger justifies the Aussie way of irritating the opposition. If people want Kohli to grow up then they need to ASK the Aussies to grow up first. Davy Warner and Ed Cowan should have kept their lips zipped. They only ended up earning the wrath of Kohli and co.

  • Mitcher on January 26, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    So, let me get this straight. Kohli is admitting he likes to sledge while moaning about sledging. Can anyone spell hypocrite?

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 26, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Contrary to what most people here say, I like Kohli's anger. This anger will earn him more respect from the opposition in the near future. The Aussies have been like cockroaches irritating him from the moment he stepped on the park. When a cockroach or any pest irritates you... you stomp on it and kill it, end of game. That's exactly what Kohli did. Those of you asking him to grow up need to look at yourselves and ask the question whether you would take it lying it down when somebody gives it to you. Why do INDIANS always need to take everything lying down ???? why won't the Aussies keep quiet ? are they superior to Indians in any way ? Aussies are known to be one of the world's most undisciplined people. This has been proven time and time again. Kohli is the face of the new India !! the new Indians are aggressive. Take that Aussies. Cricinfo please publish.

  • on January 26, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Future of Indian Cricket ! 20 years Old !

  • henrystephen on January 26, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    I wonder how Kohli would go in an Ashes test, where the crowd banter/abuse on both sides is tenfold worse, and has been for decades!

  • mumbaiguy79 on January 26, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    There was a reason folks never used to sledge the great BRIAN LARA. Why, because he used tear them apart if somebody said something to him (remember McGrath in WI?). In fact Steve Waugh used to make things as boring as possible when Lara used to arrive and it used to work most of the times.

  • theRule19 on January 26, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    @plod..Mate, see what the current England team is going through at the hands of Pakistan. Almost the same English team had beaten Aus. in the last Ashes. It wont be surprising if the same happens to the Aussies or English or any other teams when they travel to India. Cricket is a game where anything could happen and don't jump on the conclusions so early. Wait until Aus. tours India,SA, Eng., NZ,etc. and then the result will show itself. In the past Aus. had players who showed that they are good by playing overseas. And next time around it will be a match of young players all over again. Don't think Ponting and Hussey will be playing forever as it is already happening with Indian greats like Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, etc. You are already seeing what the Indian young players are capable of.

  • on January 26, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Kohli, boy!! You are only destroying your reputation all around the world for a long term future. Learn something from Sachin. what to learn from sachin. if 15 years is is playing. cannot adjust to swing and pace then life is futile. make your own way. change the habbit of indians to live on past glories. no point if you score 20,000 runs. if more than halt the runs are futile which does not help the team to win matches.

  • Black_Rider on January 26, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    This is just nothing when we look at Murali's career.Every time he went to bowl Aussie crowd says 'NO BALL'.He never showed his finger to them.All he gave to the crowd was just a very 'BIG SMILE'.Later he became the highest wicket taker.He is a one player I admire most.We should all take a leaf out from Murali's character.

  • Doogius on January 26, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Nice dig, but where is Indias team leadership.Someone shuold have been in his ear and old him, man up. If he thinks he's going to cop less in the field now that he's had a whinge. he's kidding. As for indian crowds, pity he can't turn on his selective deafness when he bats in Oz. Hilfy with a low blow, yeah Hilfy said that VVS is in better form, can't get lower than that....

  • on January 26, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    A silent 100 talks louder than a foul mouth!

  • Naren on January 26, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    He got fined for his gesture and he could not get over it. I think he is still trying to justify his actions. Sure as somebody wrote, he is a big moaner. He was celebrating as though he played a match winning innings for India.

  • theRule19 on January 26, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Don't think Kohli has done any wrong here, no point listening to everything that the players or crowds say. But on the field players have to be reminded that you are also playing for your country much as they do and you should give it back the way they give you sometimes. One should not do it always or overdo it but, only when time demands for it. Again doing it does not mean saying anything personal, that's when the umpires should walk in and take strict actions.

  • Mr_Anonymous on January 26, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I think its time that the ICC takes action against basically what is verbal and emotional abuse of people on the cricket field.

    By making excuses like, its "gamesmanship", "part of the game" etc we are creating un-necessary hostility between cricketers/people and sometimes even nations (remember Sydney gate).

    I propose that the ICC look into other sports like soccer and institute a white card/yellow card/red card kind of policy where by if a player is found guilty of verbal and/or emotional abuse towards another there is some combination of a fine/time off the field without a replacement (like soccer) or in the extreme case a hearing and ban from matches.

    These incidents are demeaning the game and there is no reason for this kind of hostility against sports people who are just trying to play a game.

    I disagree with Virat's decision to fight back. Fighting back verbal/emotional abuse with the same only creates more problems, it does not solve anything.

  • on January 26, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Kohli, boy!! You are only destroying your reputation all around the world for a long term future. Learn something from Sachin.

  • the_wallster on January 26, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    My word, Kohli has to be the biggest moaner in the game. If he and Gambhir are India's future for the next 5 years, they're going to become increibly irritating.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 26, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Grow up kid! Cricket is a high paying sports these days. If you like the money and the fame - you might as well get used to sledging. Bye the way - excellent batting today. Congrats on your well deserved century. Best way to handle sledging is to perform and grow a thick skin.

  • on January 26, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    this is what happened actually....a very well derived report

  • offisapup on January 26, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    @Erebus20 - It was David Warner in the middle of the 3rd Test who went to press bragging about the sledging during his innings. So lets not stereotype teams on the basis of what they say and how they act.

  • ravi311 on January 26, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Granted he batted well, but he is talking as if his hundred led to his team's victory, show some humiliation/concern about how your team fared so far, don't talk as if you won the series.

  • Punjin on January 26, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    WHERE ARE THE UMPIRES NOW? They are supposed to control game and players. Unless I missed it or not shown on TV. Two wrong decisions on LBW - Ashwin and Kohli at crucial stage. Even Hilfenhaus seemed amused at Kohli being given out. If umpire went with rule- fulltoss ball is assumed going straight... apply the common sense rule that ball would not have hit stumps. Mistakes happen n I am not complaining about wrong decisions. Atleast umpires should apply rules fairly and control players behavior/ sledging. May be Match refree will do something about it.

  • Nutcutlet on January 26, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    It always takes two. If Kholi rose above it, by ignoring it, then it would soon go away. I wonder if anyone sledges Dravid or Tendulkar. Go figure, as the Americans say. That playground stuff aside, Kohli is the part of the future for Indian batting. He shouldn't be batting at 6 from this point on. His innings was a gem glinting in the wreckage of the veterans' combined failures. I thought the young wicketkeeper had something about him too.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on January 26, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Good century, but he should not speaking to the media that sledging affects him. This is a weakness which i am sure the opposition is going to exploit . He should think of bigger things like how to face a quality bowler like siddle or observing how Clarke and Ponting play instead of listening to the crowd. I agree that its completely unacceptabe crowd behavior, but he has to grow up and think beyound sledging. Its time, he stood up, cut short his celebrations and starts thinking a little matured; not that he is not matured right now, just that the emotions he shows on the field are actually causing all these unpleasant exchanges and could do a better job by confiding them to the dressing room - this is where the maturity comes.

  • Chris_P on January 26, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    @dicky_boy You nailed it. India are WC champions, not world champs. That status is for the #1 ranked team by the ratings. The same as when Australia won the '87 World Cup, when they were probably #7 test ranked in the world. No one in Australia thought they were World Champs. This is a series between 2 teams, one of the rise & the other in the decline. The gulf in Australia is huge. Kohli perfomed well while around him, the team fell over badly. But to be fair, this pitch was a road to bat on. The Adelaide pitch from day 4 will start to do funny things and batting on day 5 will be a real test. Whoever stands up to be counted on day 5 will have earnt their due.

  • on January 26, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    no reason to be pointing fingers at Kohli, i respect him for what he did and there are others who respect for what the aussies did. Its true that under pressure even a mighty personality would succumb. If we are talking about maturity then everyone playing cricket and watching cricket should be well versed with it not just Kohli. We have to understand that India is going through a rough patch right now, not that we have never made it to the top of the test ranking and not that we never became world champions you know.It just happens!

  • MrSlickJerk on January 26, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Really good stuff from Kohli !! Well made century. I like the way he reacted on the sledging.Surprised to see that hate on the field and in comments as well. India has performed very bad in the series but good signs have also emerged during this tour.

  • Leggie on January 26, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Sad to see a series that was supposed to be a good contest turning into a ugly brawl between the team and the fans - even if this happens in a social media space. Though I'm not a great fan of Kohli's antics, I believe he does have a valid point. The abuser in the crowd who was directing expletives at Kohli must be equally taken to task. I remember the Indian police whisking away a group when they were provoking Andrew Symonds in Mumbai. The same should happen in every ground - be it India or abroad - whatever be the language that is used for the abuse.

  • shizam on January 26, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    The only answer to aussie sledging (which they usually do at will all the time) is to stand up against it and give it right back to them. So I think virat did the right thing. I mean you could not have just kept quite. A well deserved century.

  • csowmi7 on January 26, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    strange how people tend to discredit Tendulkar's vast hoard of centuries saying they come in losing causes. In fact those centuries are even more special as they have come when the entire team has failed and crumbled under pressure while he has stood tall and shows how much better that individual is than the entire team.. In all likelihood this century is also going to go in vain. But look at the wonderful response and encouragement. Kohli reminds me a lot of Tendulkar and Ganguly. His hook and pull shot(which every member of the Indian team has forgotten), his leg glance, and his cover drive are reminiscent to the master blaster. But his character and judgement seems to resemble Ganguly more. All in all a great prospect for the future to fill these creaking boots.

  • pritpalpabla on January 26, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Seniors should learn from this ton... Virat & Saha showed that spark, which is missing in current Indian team packed with big names... and that spark is "establish the place in the team". On the other side, seniors know they have already cemented their place in the team... but I guess whole structure & culture of Indian cricket needs to be changed specially the selection policy...

  • KashifMuneer on January 26, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Kohli says that "We don't go out there to get abused" but he goes out there every game and abuses players from opposition while he is fielding. If you give lip service, learn to take it back as well !! Personally I think he is an attention seeker but a fantastic batsman.

  • on January 26, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    well deserved 100 but not to repeat verbally especially when you are at 99 and on top respect your partner as well.see replay and your expressions when Ishant did not move on your call.

  • on January 26, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Makes me laugh that newbie cricketers like Warner and Cowan are sledging when they got out ultra cheaply in both innings.Hardly anything to write home about. These guys are likely to follow in the footsteps of one hit wonders.I'm looking forward to these no talent brainless cricketers crashing and burning.

  • doubtingthomas on January 26, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Giving it back doesn't make you a tough cookie. This series and the ones leading to it say it all. Better if they'd concentrate on their game, and not follow the wrong cricket. It's good to see him coming out with flying colours today though. Good work.

  • amanroy on January 26, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Good job Virat. People who are saying that you are crying and stuff have no sense but let them speak. Dogs are barking!! I like your way of giving back to them.

  • ahweak on January 26, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Well played Virat Kohli. He certainly belongs at this level. I'm totally with him on giving back verbally. More often than not, just a response from the normally passive Indians puts the Aussies on the back foot. Besides, what is wrong in fighting words with words. This new generation of cricketers are not like the players of the past, they will and should give it back.

  • dicky_boy on January 26, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    MR PRASHANT PLEASE KNOW THE FACTS AND DON'T CONFABULATE WE ARE NOT SO CALLED WORLD CHAMPS, WE R THE WORLD CHAMPS PERIOD WHETHER U LIKE IT OR NOT, AND THIS ID NOT THE ODI TEAM , NOW THINK, CRICINFO PLEASE PUBLISH

  • voyager on January 26, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Well, If you are giving it back then why are you complaining?? and what are you complaining about?? at times like this you should focus on improving performance as a team.

  • on January 26, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Kohli has done us proud by this great sense of maturity in action and presentation. We are getting better day by day Down Under.

  • AidanFX on January 26, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Respect the century- yes well made but I am cheesed with these comments - unnecessary next time he scores a century in Oz he deserves to be booed given he insists on winging about the fans. The crowd were well behaved. Kohli is the feral one sticking his finget up at them - it is clear he likes to give it but doesnt like to reciev it..

  • on January 26, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    I reckon frustration is flaring all around only because India has lost the series - Virat, no point in justifying the situation by showing calmness during the press meet. Australians have thumped Indians in every aspect and complete credit goes to them. On the other hand India the so called world champions walked into Australia with the same world cup team & couldn't capitalize on the Oz conditions there. So a defeat is a defeat.

  • on January 26, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    To all those complaining, Kohli is not crying like a baby or complaining (except for crowd behaviour), he's just saying that he gave it back to the aussies what he received from them. To be fair, the aussies have always played like this and it adds to the fun and pressure of test match, if you cannot handle it, too bad! I do think Kohli handles it well. As far as crowd abuse goes, as an international player, you just need to deal with it by ignoring it. I am sure the crowd behaviour is universal all over the world. After all, this is the very crowd that gave him a standing ovation as they have done to Sachin every innings of the series!

  • on January 26, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Typical school kid talk. He has a long way to maturity as a player and a man. But, very good innings and he deserved that 100. Very job, keep it up!

  • er.Vaibhav on January 26, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    @mhb1 what are you first you need to decide it....one moment you say indians as"you guys" next moment you include ypurself by saying "us"...thats more of a pity on you..

  • cricketeria on January 26, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Forget the sledging. If it's a sports game in Australia, there will be rudeness, that's just how they are.

    And Kohli. What a self-centered little boy. He says he wanted to get his 100 fast so went for quick runs, rather than have a repeat of Perth. Does nothing else matter except getting your own hundred? "oh, oh, please stop sledging me so i can get my 100, I'm so special" boo hoo. Keep your mouth shut and try to just WIN for a change, Virat.

  • on January 26, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Siddle said it all. It makes for a good contest. Kolhi is a toff cookie. Great fun.

  • on January 26, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    I think part of being a good cricketer is having a mental balance besides techniques and skills. You are never going to have a "Zen" ambience in the field to score. Sledging is part of any sport and should make anyone more competitive in a health way. Real heros cherish and zeros perish.

  • otherjacko on January 26, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    @_cricket4all_, I was also at the Adelaide Oval and I second your observations. It is a convenient cop out for Kohli to claim he was provoked by fans' abuse, when there is no objective evidence that any such abuse occurred. As for sledging by the players, they all do it, get over it. What a sook!

  • on January 26, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Solution to all Indian problems 1.SACK dhoni from TEST matches, and make KOHLI captain,and bring in dinesh Karthik in, Remember when smith was made caption of SA at similar age 2.let DHONI play and captain the ODI's 3.SACK Duncan Fletcher as coach, and make GANGULY and KUMBLE Indian coach 4.make laxman and dravid retire/drop 5.SACK the current selectors, and make DRAVID chief selector, and kind of similar role for LAXMAN in setup 6.keep an eye on sehwag and gambhir,but they are still not that bad 7.bring in pujara/Rohit/Rehane/Mukund in setup 8.Try irfan pathan and Jadeja in TEST matches ,if that worked would be fantastic 9.let SACHIN complete his 100th ton, and then make him to retire 10.Bring back Venk Prasad and Robin Singh in coaching setup

  • StatisticsRocks on January 26, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    First of, Well done Kohli, finally a century by an Indian. I also believe 'What happens on the Field Should Stay on the Field' and never carry it to the press conference. Yes, Aussies have been known for Sledging and thanks to Ganguly who instilled the 'get back at them attitude' and not show the other cheek and get slapped, the Indian team of recent past have been more aggressive, which I like. Do u think Dravid and SRT were spared, no. But their bat did the talking and eventually shut them up. SRT gets standing ovation every where her goes inspite f his recent lack of form. Kolhi has talent but he still needs to improve in certain areas, especially playing test cricket and this ton will do him a world of good for his confidence, but don't forget guys we still have a match to save (which seems highly unlikely).

    Have a cool and mature head on your shoulders and Kolhi Let your bat do the talking consistently if you want them to SHUT UP.

  • on January 26, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    hello TEEPEE1959! Firstly the present situation of Indian test team is not restricted to the Indian team alone. Every team is facing the same problem. What do say about the world no.1 English team's performance against Pakistan?

  • spinkingKK on January 26, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Kohli doesn't need this century to prove that he belongs. His batting, eventhough he didn't score many, in Melbourne itself proved that he belonged. However, I am also one of the people who said India can try Rohit Sharma in his place for Sydney so that we know how good he is and drop one of the seniors for perth to bring Kohli back into the side. But, nothing happened and we have just played with these underperforming oldies and have lost the series convincingly. Anyway, it is history now. I can, now, see Kohli captaining the Indian team in test matches soon.

  • mike_59 on January 26, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Mr Kohli, Remember, players are nothing without the crowd! The crowd are customers that pay to watch. They are entitled to have a few drinks and cheer, boo, or abuse players if they choose to. The players should focus on the playing field ONLY. If players say attack the crowd, then this is crossing the line, and they should rightfully be fined or banned if necessary. This is the "fair" way in sports all over the world... get used to it!

  • on January 26, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Eventually - every player will get microphone in them and record their words. Right now - stumps got the microphone to record nicks and words. DRS to replace importance of umpire We will have a day - where everything is controlled by the Third Empire/s Crircket should get high on penalties like american football. Exchange of bad words or intimidating words - should draw penalties and bans. Not just physical actions. More imptly - since cricket is all over - we should let indian audience also start getting close and open stadiums than putting them away and having iron grills. We need audience to taken some revenge on visitors - if this intimidating doesnt stop.

  • er.Vaibhav on January 26, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @Rawlonski who needed tissue that we saw in 2007 down under...so right back at you

  • on January 26, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    With Kohli's hundred it becomes a difficult question for selectors: after a patch of bad form (especially on an important tour) whether to continue or get someone else? Kohli, after bad start has managed to come back and reply strongly. It will raise his confidence a lot

  • er.Vaibhav on January 26, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    @harry_kool and one more thing from where the hell culture came in between...can't you read properly??? i didn't said a damn thing about that...i said aussie fan should not support sledging and it should be in limit...i bet culture is still spelled as CULTURE and not as any of the words mentioned in my previous comments

  • CandidIndian on January 26, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Well thats the way Aussies are on the field,i am surprised at reaction by Kolhi .This may be his first tour to Aus but he is not new to international cricket.He got abused and he gave it back,it should have been ended there and then, i am sure he gained valuable experience though.

  • MisterObvious on January 26, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Well, now look & see who has just painted a big red target on his back. When you whine, you earn the tag of a whiner & it stays with you until you mature & handle it right. A lot of posters here automatically take Kohli's side, calling Aus players & fans "huns", "goons", and "not gentlemen". Ouch, that last one really hurt. So much for taking the high road. In 2007, didn't crowds in India have a habit of engaging in monkey chants when Andrew Symonds took the field or did I just dream it? Ah, how conveniently we forget! So now this rubbish threatens to overshadow, or at least taint, the overall excellence of Mr. Kohli's century. It WAS a beauty. Don't ruin it, mate.

  • on January 26, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Kohli done enough to prove he belongs...time selectors show some balls

  • DMS1111 on January 26, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    @ushak1.....Sledging should be banned.....does that include India as well...recent result in S.A was 1-all......every one was calling for Kohli to be dropped now he has scored a century.Maybe because the pitch is like a Indian pitch..

  • er.Vaibhav on January 26, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @harry_kool totally agree with you your culture is great and i am no one to argue about that..but the same thing applies to our too...and i bet neither yours and nor our culture says when you hear bad thing about your family then you shouldn't oppose it no matter how big the door or cost is...

  • shrastogi on January 26, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    continuing with my earlier comment - Australia lost in Perth to India in 2007-08 when they played with 4 fast bowlers. India won in Durban in 2010 as Harbhajan Singh on a fastest deck in SA took 6 (4+2) wickets. So if you are a good spinner the bounce in the deck would give you achance to get batsman out. So if Ashwin wasnt considred good enough with kookaburra ball at Perth perhaps Ojha could have been played. Four fast bowlers is too monotonous. Warner coulkd score so many runs because there wasnt any spinner. With so much video available if you cant plan for a batsman then what's the point. But the whole team think tank is guilty of letting things happen rather than making things happen. For whole of India it was a great dream and chance to win in Australia but what actually happened is a rout. Meek surrender by batsmen who were monotonous in the things they did in all the tests. Batsmen were going to win for you so cant blame bowlers though they could have done much better.

  • mhb1 on January 26, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    nufin new indians r always big with mouths i think its high time now indians need to get serious this is not your bollywood its real cricket stop acting like rajikanth this is real world because of you ppl the english, south african and aussie come hard on us please for once show some pride for subcontinent you are the bigest nation of subcintinent and yet no decent bowler pity on u guys

  • _cricket4all_ on January 26, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Hi ushak1, you must have missed Australia's recent 2 test tour of South Africa which ended 1-1. True, the team does need to tour England to prove themselves. However, they did win a test series just before the SA tour in Sri Lanka.

  • plod on January 26, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    William Franklin, who are you? Crowds disappearing last season??? What a lot of crap! Apart from India, who consistently has the biggest test crowds? We support our side through thick and thin, we don't come out of the woodwork and jump on the bandwagon like England or N.Z. do. Onto Kohli the sook. Anyone accusing Australia of being the only country to sledge has rocks in their brains. You will be surprised to know that it has been going on for decades. Its gamesmanship. Kohli will be a target now, he should have let his bat do the talking. Not mouth off. Its one innings mate, and on a road. Australia's bowlers did a fantastic job of bowling India out for 270 odd. We will win the test and win 4 blot. Kohli who was it that said to the Aussies, wait to we get you in India. Mate, the number 1 side wins anywhere, India are duds, with no idea how to tour or to win overseas!!

  • jonesy2 on January 26, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    but, too be fair to kohli, he has been india's best player by so far its not funny. the fact that he said he went after ryano is amazing really, the only sort of player that can go after a bowler of that caliber is a very very good batsman. ive always knowing kohli could be good seeing him at ODI and t20 level i can tell who would make in test cricket.

  • ushak1 on January 26, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    sledging should be banned. I thought one reason australian for top crciket nation for so many years beyond genuine talent they sledged and undermined the opponents this contributed to their dominance. They feel they are risong to no.1 again inspite of threshing by India in India and by england. Let us see dominant they will be outside australia in s.africa and england.

  • jonesy2 on January 26, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    kohli needs to stop being a little boy if he wants to play test cricket, his complaining is almost as embarrassing as the series scoreline. he was soooo lucky to get to a century.

  • KingofRedLions on January 26, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    Is that the same abusive crowd that stood up and applauded his century? I think Kohli may have been blinded by anger.

  • cricinfo_2010 on January 26, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    All sledgings and conversations by players and crowd in the ground needs to be recorded and presented by media and prosecuted. That may be workplace abuse?

  • _cricket4all_ on January 26, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Hi everyone. I was at the ground today sitting at the southern end. Congratulations to Virat Kohli. It was a very fine hundred and sends a message to the selectors. Regarding the fans' abuse of the Indian players, all I can say is I didn't see any or hear any. I'm sure it goes on, but I didn't witness any. We stood for and cheered at the end of the Indian anthem. We cheered Sachin onto and off of the ground. When Virat got his hundred I stood to applaud him as did everybody near me. I looked around the ground and it seemed the whole stadium did the same. He might want to focus on the positives and feel better about his achievement. BTW I was there with brother-in-law from Kolkata, but I am an Aussie fan.

  • Rawlonski on January 26, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Somebody pass him the tissues......

  • TEEPEE1959 on January 26, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Kohli is no angel. We still remember his behaviour when India won the under-19 World cup and he was the captain. He does it against all teams, not just Australia. Those who can lip read can see that he 'celebrates' most moments of success on the field with a Hindi expletive! As for the behaviour of the Aussies, what about Zaheer Khan sledging most of the opposing batsmen, what about Ishant Sharma talking to Warner at Perth? Let's face it, Indian players are as good or bad as any other team at present and they are not always 'giving it back'. They also start it many a time. This is just a way to take the attention away from the horrible performances of this 'world class' Indian team in England and Australia. Let's talk about what should be done to make the Indian team better rather than whingeing about the sledging etc...

  • John80 on January 26, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    In my opinion sledging is unnecessary and nothing but sin. One word that can stop sledging is 'Jesus loves you'. For that you should trust Him as God and Savior, then you will be able to forgive the person who sledge you and the person who hear that word may not want to hear again. My personal advice to my fellow Indians.

  • Harry_Kool on January 26, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    @er.Vaibhav. FYI. The series is in Australia, ergo we do it our way. Please don't lecture us on our culture, is has served us well to date.

  • dsig3 on January 26, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Ugly India. The new breed of scowling mirthless cricketers. Kohli and Ishant have both been terrible ambassadors for India this series. Kohli was "chatting" on the first morning of the test match and now he cries foul when someone talks back. You can dish it but cant take. Mate you are going to have to keep getting runs in the ODI's cause the fans will be after you.

  • JustOUT on January 26, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Well played Virat.... You belong to here. But I dont understand on what you said "They sledge when they get frustrated". If that's the case with Australian, what will you call yourself and Ishant, when you guys sledged Warner in Perth when he was going after all your bowlers. DId you say plesent words to warner. Boy..grow up. But well played

  • on January 26, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Kholi needs to be taught how to win over an Aussie crowd from the seniors, because he is going in the wrong direction and is asking the crowds to annoy him more.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on January 26, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    everyone knows why Aussies behave like that... no need to get yourself all worked up son :-)

    well done on the century!!!

  • er.Vaibhav on January 26, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    @australian fans saying again and again with useless comments about thats how australians plays and crowd will test you all that and trying to support sledging as uch as they can then there is a limit to everything and when it is crossed then it should not be tolerated at all...hope you all can understand the meaning of word "limit"

  • Cricket_Fan_007 on January 26, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    @Erebus

    Then why get bothered when someone dishes out bro! Can you pass on the message to your teams (OZ, Poms, Saffers whichever that is) not to run to the match refree and umpire.

  • on January 26, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    tats wat cricket in australia..if u play good cricket amid sledgin and incredible pace attack, then u will be d best..cricket is really interestin in this part of d world

  • VEGHA on January 26, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Nothing wrong in playing aggressive cricket and Virat is young and talented.He has to be aggressive like Ganguly and I never seen Dhoni reacted like this. A captain need to be aggressive and also he has to motivate the players.He is silent and cool captain but this will not help for players to perform. I fully appreciate Virat and be aggressive man

  • on January 26, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Aussies are such kind of cricketers.They start to sledge and disturb the opposition when things go against them. Cricket is a gentlemens' game, but they have never been gentlemen.They have always been sledging men.

  • on January 26, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Sledging will always be there, like it or not. The more you complain about it, the greater chance it will happen even more, especially from the crowd. Kohli should have left it on the field and ignored the crowd. He's a good enough player and he'll earn the crowd's respect sooner than later. We all remember what Hadlee was silly enough to say at the press conference and how the crowd reacted for the rest of the season.

  • on January 26, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    well batted kholi, its always good to see the aussies take a bit of what they give. and kholi just showed that he could handle the battle and to me he won the war of words.

  • shrastogi on January 26, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I would have preferred if Kohli had remained not out and Yadav had got out. He did well to score those many runs but lets remember one thing that all of them have come in a nothing to lose situation. He would improve. He has got a hundred in tests & one dayers before Tendulkar got to his. So he has the talent to be a consistent performer for India. Yes youngsters should be patiently given chances. But how many is the moot point ? With 30+ tests Yuvraj hasnt cemented his place. Indian team could have started a rotation policy with this test and should have rested (not dropped) one of the senior players. This way Rohit Sharma would have got a chance to show his mettle. I think the coach hasnt yet got grips with the Indian players. Some of the actions of this team defy logic. No Indian team would win with four fast bowlers so playing them at Perth was idiotic. Similarly it appears that Indian bowlers dont have a plan for aussie batsmen. Yadav is giving away too many runs bowling short.

  • Potatis on January 26, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    @Haleos, it may well be a useless argument, but it's simply the way it is, as I have seen it.

  • er.Vaibhav on January 26, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    @erebus26 what said on field shud remain there only when it is about the game not otherwise may be we indians are not that not welcoming for abuses and i guess there is no problem to that...and as far as talks staying on field is concerned we remember what stayed on field when symonds took something on him uselessly and hayden declared ishant as wrestler on the radio...did that stayed on the field??? i guess no

  • Harry_Kool on January 26, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @ tinkertinker . The difference between the sides, one side plays for eachother, the other plays for themselves. Of course he knows his team is getting thrashed, but hey, a fighting 100 in a losing cause, he will be feted with all the trappings of a conquering hero, no need to put in the hard yards, his future is set up! LOL.

  • gagagaga on January 26, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Toughen up princess its test cricket and your boys do it as well. Its amazing that the sledging issue always follows India around, where ever they tour. And of course its every other nation that does it and not them.

  • Harry_Kool on January 26, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @Sunit Shrivastava. Um, it was Kohli who started it first on both Warner & Cowan! One big lesson over here, if you don't like receving it, then don't start giving it out! That aside, he showed plenty of fire and determination to be a part of the Indian makeup for years to come, too bad he will be doing it almost solo for a while after the biggies retire. Keep those tissues handy guys, it's going to be some tough tinmes ahead on the test arenas. One other point, Cowan has a better test average than Kohli and has played on far less roads than him!

  • dunger.bob on January 26, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @ Everyone : Read Peter Siddles comments about this. .. I agree with him. .. In the years to come I to am looking forward to many tough encounters with Mr Kohli. In my opinion he is exactly what India needs. .. BTW, watch him go in the ODI's. .. Ps, does anyone else think he looks like Silar out of "Heroes". .. Hope he hasn't got that sort of power and mindset though. :)

  • on January 26, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Kudos to Kohli. He has risen like a star from the ashes and has again highlighted what kind of sour losers Aussies are even when they are on top. Just attrotious behavior but then what do you come to expect of folks who have earned the reputation of the worst behaved team in the world , winning or loosing. Absolutely no grace and thats why they could never parallel the great humble team of 80s from the Windies.

    A bunch of goons who wouldn't spare a kid like kohli who was trying to just earn some respect for himself and his country. Disgusting.

  • er.Vaibhav on January 26, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @potatis i will say some words to you about you and your family lets see how much smile and fine gestures you return to me in favour... anyways well done kohli what you did is completely correct and congrats

  • Chris_P on January 26, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @Haleos. Aussie players get abused in India and they have never been worried yet, so not sure where this "Aussies cry in India" comes from? The only thing that we didn't like was the hoards of people racially abusing Andrew Symonds. Seems when there are words spoken, I have yet to read one post from an Aussie, Saffer or Pom who has whined, tey there is always plenty siad by the sub continent fans, when their players are equally lavish with their opinions. The only cry-babies I have read are the whiney ones who post here about it.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    That's how aussies play their game....virat only admitted that they were successful in getting virat distracted when the chance of run-out came. Had virat played with his cool mind he wouldn't have provided that chance to the aussies when India were already struggling. Does that make aussies bad. No, it's their tactics to distract batsman.The same happened with gauti. he is the biggest stupid player I have ever seen.he easily gets distracted with the sledging part and looses his wicket. Today the same thing happened went with a war of words with ben and then he is gone. Well speaking of crowd abuse, every home crowd abuses the touring team. Indian home crowd abuse player but its not reported. Why? Because those expletives are in hindi...which the foreign players won't understand. I don't know why virat kohli is making such a big fuss about it.

  • gogoldengreens on January 26, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Kohli take it as a complement that the fans stir you... If we thought you were below average there would be a lot less said... However letting on that you don't like being stirred is not a great thing to do if you want it to stop - you should try to be funny and do something to make them laugh instead that will win respect as most of their comments are said in jest.

  • Loki1973 on January 26, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    First, well played Virat. The ton was thoughly deserved. As far as the crowds go , maybe he can take a leaf out of Ishant's book. In Sydney when Ishant reached figures of 100/1 he was given a lot of heckling by the crowd and promptly doffed his cap and gave a bow as he went back to the outfield. A top competitor who gives his all but takes some stick with good humour. Exactly what I like to see!

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    Wow. Get over it Virat. Because no Indian side has ever sledged an opponent? You're meant to be a test cricketer, if you can't handle a bit of banter in the middle, what are you doing there?

  • Potatis on January 26, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Despite Kohli being a sook, I agree with Raunit Singh, he would make a good leader in the future, not just because of his very good innings in this test, but he does show a lot of determination and mental strength. I really wish him well for the future, and he'll enjoy playing in Australia more if he can have some fun with the crowds. Nobody else in the side is showing any obvious leadership talent, so the selectors could do worse than to start grooming Kohli.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    ""Bill Hilfenahus said something to me, which was totally unnecessary and out of the blue," Kohli said. "He wasn't even bowling or doing anything. I survived that run-out. He said something to me, which I can't obviously say in a press conference. I gave it back to him. 'You didn't even have anything to do with it, why would you do that?'"

    can anyone tell me who Bill Hilfenahus is???

  • tinkertinker on January 26, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Does this guy have any idea what the score is?

    he's talking like the aussie have hit a wall and are losing it, they just bowled india out for under 300 on a perfect batting track.

    The aussie bats are scoring double and triple tons for fun yet he seems to think he's dominating, stick to batting kid you're not much of a sledger.

    It's funny sledging was fine in his book when he and sharma were ganging up on Warner at perth, now it's apparently not on when he bats.

  • juliet on January 26, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @Erebus26. I agree entirely. What is said on the field ought to stay there. Which is why I was pretty appalled when David Warner decided to relate some of the banter at a press conference during one of the earlier games. Not only is it incredibly whiny behaviour, it is pretty uncharacteristic for an Aussie. At least Kohli, as immature as he undoubtedly is, hasn't actually referred to what was said by Hilf.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Well cricket is supposed to be played with a bat and ball! Why the sledge then? ICC needs to take a hard look at this! We all know what happened to the aussies when they got the taste of indian sledge in kolkata in 2001 - The famed indian trio of ganguly, dravid, tendulkar gave it to them and the mighty huns collapsed like nine pins. I feel umpires need to come in and stop this unsavoury chats! Aussies might be very talented or hard of hearing but others arent. It does spoil your concentration when some one unprovoked and relentlessly needles you! Yes you can always answer with your bat and ball, but some times one does tend to get infuriated, and lose concentration - after all we are humans! Lets see how these guys perform when a tight clamp is enforced on them for sledge and chattering!

  • Haleos on January 26, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    @Potatis - Thats is useless argument. If he has not said anything to the fans why should they abuse him? Why should he wave at them? Not waving should not mean he should be abused. Aussies will cry when they are abused the similar way in India. I do not andorse the abuse of players and Indian fans are stupid too if they do it.

  • WilliamFranklin on January 26, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Amazing that the Australian crowds have reappeared after their disappearing act last year. Appalling 'support', the team needs you more when things are tough.

  • JustIPL on January 26, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Why should they be furrestrated. Is Kohli a tailender. He is supposed to play for pride and score good runs. Probably he should open in the next innings. At least he is the one who wants to play cricket in the middle instead of outside.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    its unnecessary for ed cowan to sledge since kohli has scored more than him he has shut him up.nd now mr cowan should go nd concentrate on his batting.......kohli was far better than top order of australia especially cowan nd marsh.....

  • muski on January 26, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    This hundred is exactly the tonic a highly talented man like Kholi needs to succeed at the test level. Baptism by fire always helps as you can be rest assured that you are not going to get better quality attacks in most parts of the world that are playing cricket today. When the Great wall of Indian batting rides into his sunset, Kohli is the man worthy of occupying that critical slot . I see him in the Ponting mould at No3. A tremendous hooker and a bad guy for those who poke him. If he keeps a level head, no reason why he will not become the 5th Indian to achieve 10K runs in test cricket.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Very well said Virat. Make him captain now, will bring some intensity and pride to so called Team India. If they go down, at least they will go down fighting under him.

  • Potatis on January 26, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Only a sook would care what the opposition fans yell out to them. A lot of opposition players have found that it is actually very easy to win the support of Australian fans by simply giving them a wave and a smile, and have a bit of fun with them. Once a player makes it known that he is upset by the fans, the fans will only stick it to the player more for fun. You can bet that not everyone in the Indian side is getting abused by Kohli. He needs to learn how it works.

  • anindya_mozumdar on January 26, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Kohli is precisely the kind of cricketer Australians will respect a lot off the field. No need for him to talk on these matters to the press.

  • jkaussie on January 26, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Well played Virat, a fine innings. I really like the way he plays. I also enjoyed today's altercation! Virat has fire and passion in his belly which is great, and the Aussies quite rightly questioned his state of mind when he played 2 wild shots and then almost ran himself out!! But he then made his ton, which was terrific. To all of you who are going to comment about Aussie "cheating" wake up - every side does it, every contest at elite level will question the participant's mental fortitiude so stop whinging and enjoy the contest. On the crowd side, I apologise for dumb, ignorant loud mouth idiots. I do think a lot is said in jest but there are indeed those who go over the line. Please remember too the warm welcome given to Sachin and the generous applause for Virat's hundred here today.

  • AidanFX on January 26, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Bit childish Kohli would play the innocent victim card - it is obvious he likes to sledge in the field. Anyway he batted really well.

  • Erebus26 on January 26, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    I like Kohli - he's a real feisty player. But I've always been of the opinion that what is said on the field, stays on the field. Some of the Indians really get worked up by sledging whereas to the English, Aussies and Saffers it just seems part and parcel of the game. In Australia touring teams have always copped abuse from crowds. Again just put up with it and respond to it with a bit of humour. If players like Kohli get worked up about it too much then he's likely to cop more flak.

  • Chris_P on January 26, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    When we play cricket, as I still do, it is tough. But never does it carry on after the game. When you back it up with a decent fighting score, THAT is when you earn respect in our culture. Almost all of the Aussies congratulated Kohli on his efforts, the biggest pats were mainly the guys he was chatting with! The same test players are just as hard on eachiother when playing sheffield shield with grade cricket being even tougher!

  • on January 26, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Bravo young man, The nation salutes you and your courage. Your TON is the only thing for a fan like me to cherish in this test series.

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  • on January 26, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Bravo young man, The nation salutes you and your courage. Your TON is the only thing for a fan like me to cherish in this test series.

  • Chris_P on January 26, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    When we play cricket, as I still do, it is tough. But never does it carry on after the game. When you back it up with a decent fighting score, THAT is when you earn respect in our culture. Almost all of the Aussies congratulated Kohli on his efforts, the biggest pats were mainly the guys he was chatting with! The same test players are just as hard on eachiother when playing sheffield shield with grade cricket being even tougher!

  • Erebus26 on January 26, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    I like Kohli - he's a real feisty player. But I've always been of the opinion that what is said on the field, stays on the field. Some of the Indians really get worked up by sledging whereas to the English, Aussies and Saffers it just seems part and parcel of the game. In Australia touring teams have always copped abuse from crowds. Again just put up with it and respond to it with a bit of humour. If players like Kohli get worked up about it too much then he's likely to cop more flak.

  • AidanFX on January 26, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Bit childish Kohli would play the innocent victim card - it is obvious he likes to sledge in the field. Anyway he batted really well.

  • jkaussie on January 26, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Well played Virat, a fine innings. I really like the way he plays. I also enjoyed today's altercation! Virat has fire and passion in his belly which is great, and the Aussies quite rightly questioned his state of mind when he played 2 wild shots and then almost ran himself out!! But he then made his ton, which was terrific. To all of you who are going to comment about Aussie "cheating" wake up - every side does it, every contest at elite level will question the participant's mental fortitiude so stop whinging and enjoy the contest. On the crowd side, I apologise for dumb, ignorant loud mouth idiots. I do think a lot is said in jest but there are indeed those who go over the line. Please remember too the warm welcome given to Sachin and the generous applause for Virat's hundred here today.

  • anindya_mozumdar on January 26, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Kohli is precisely the kind of cricketer Australians will respect a lot off the field. No need for him to talk on these matters to the press.

  • Potatis on January 26, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Only a sook would care what the opposition fans yell out to them. A lot of opposition players have found that it is actually very easy to win the support of Australian fans by simply giving them a wave and a smile, and have a bit of fun with them. Once a player makes it known that he is upset by the fans, the fans will only stick it to the player more for fun. You can bet that not everyone in the Indian side is getting abused by Kohli. He needs to learn how it works.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Very well said Virat. Make him captain now, will bring some intensity and pride to so called Team India. If they go down, at least they will go down fighting under him.

  • muski on January 26, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    This hundred is exactly the tonic a highly talented man like Kholi needs to succeed at the test level. Baptism by fire always helps as you can be rest assured that you are not going to get better quality attacks in most parts of the world that are playing cricket today. When the Great wall of Indian batting rides into his sunset, Kohli is the man worthy of occupying that critical slot . I see him in the Ponting mould at No3. A tremendous hooker and a bad guy for those who poke him. If he keeps a level head, no reason why he will not become the 5th Indian to achieve 10K runs in test cricket.

  • on January 26, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    its unnecessary for ed cowan to sledge since kohli has scored more than him he has shut him up.nd now mr cowan should go nd concentrate on his batting.......kohli was far better than top order of australia especially cowan nd marsh.....