India captain Virat Kohli faced flak in Australia for his aggression. Former Australian legend Allan Border and Michael Hussey bashed Kohli over his brashness. Now, India top-order Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has come out with his side of the story and made a claim that Kohli has not been disrespectful towards anyone. Pujara has explained that that is Kohli and his his natural instinct. Also Read - Devdutt Padikkal Wants to take Domestic Form into IPL 2021
“He can behave the way he wants to as long as he respects the game. He hasn’t been disrespectful to anyone else. Sledging is something which he likes at times. And there is nothing wrong in that,” Pujara told the Times of India. Also Read - IPL 2021: Sanju Samson, Rahul Tewatia Are Capable of Being Outstanding Performers at International Stage, Says Kumar Sangakkara
When asked about a personality clash between him and Kohli, Pujara said that he exactly knows what is best for the team and goes ahead doing it. “Not at all,” said Pujara, adding, “Ultimately, he (Kohli) also understands what is required to win. Many times I’ve given him suggestions and he has been more than willing to accept them. He might have a different personality but that’s his nature.” Also Read - IPL 2021: Shikhar Dhawan Impressed by Rishabh Pant's Calmness on Captaincy Debut Against CSK, Lauds Delhi Capitals Wicketkeeper Presence of Mind
“Even their media is always supporting their team. If you make any error, they always let the opponents know. So, as an Indian player, if there’s something wrong, or even if there is a minor discussion in the team, and if their media-person gets to know, then they’ll always go behind that player. It’s part of their strategy, which we understand. There’s a little bit of sledging which is going on. But luckily, I’m someone who doesn’t get affected. In fact, I get motivated when they try and sledge me,” added Pujara, who scored 521 runs in the four-match series at an average of 74.42.