Australia vs India 3rd Test Melbourne: Former India wicket-keeper batsman Syed Kirmani on Friday said that sledging in cricket is something which is not new and has been prevalent since the game’s inception. Also Read - IPL 2020 Points Table Today Latest Update After CSK vs KKR, Match 49: Mumbai Indians Become 1st Team to Qualify For Playoffs After Chennai Super Kings Beat Kolkata Knight Riders; KL Rahul Retains Orange Cap, Kagiso Rabada Leads Purple Cap Tally

Kirmani’s remark came in the backdrop of veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah’s criticism of India captain Virat Kohli’s on-field behaviour during the ongoing Test series Down Under. Also Read - CSK vs KKR 2020, IPL Today Match Report: Ruturaj Gaikwad Fifty, Ravindra Jadeja Blitzkrieg Help Chennai Super Kings Clinch Thriller vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Send Mumbai Indians Into Playoffs

Kirmani said Kohli’s aggressive on-field behaviour is his natural instinct. Also Read - IPL 2020: Rohit Sharma's Prediction on Suryakumar Yadav Old Tweet Resurfaces After MI Batsman's Match-Winning 43-ball 79 Against RCB

“Naseeruddin Shah, and everybody else have their opinions. Everybody looks at things with different perspective. So, I have nothing to contradict with what Naseeruddin Shah has to say about Kohli. Look, there are natural instincts embedded in everybody. Those natural instincts in their blood cannot be changed,” he said here.

“We never had the advantage of IT and third umpire, but we played cricket in gentlemen’s spirit. I am very proud of it. However, there was sledging in our time too. It will not die,” Kirmani added.

Kirmani was replying to a question on Shah’s comments about Kohli on the sidelines of 100-year celebration of Bangalore United Cricket Club.

Shah, on December 18, had slammed Kohli by calling him the world’s “worst behaved batsman” in a Facebook post.

The last sentence of Shah’s post was in reference to Kohli’s recent social media post, asking cricket fans to leave India, who admired foreign cricketers.

Kirmani also said introduction of fines by third umpires proves that the game is not played in gentleman’s spirit now.

Kohli was caught embroiled in an ugly spat with his Australian counterpart Tim Paine during the ongoing series Down Under.