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India v Australia second Test, Bangalore: Ian Healy, virat Kohli

India v Australia second Test, Bangalore: Ian Healy, virat Kohli

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India’s Ravichandran Ashwin remonstrates with captain Virat Kohli during the second Test in Bangalore.

AUSTRALIAN great Ian Healy has launched a withering attack on Indian firebrand Virat Kohli.

Healy said he was “losing respect” for Kohli’s complete lack of regard for Australian players and the game itself.

Kohli didn’t bowl a delivery himself, but his relentless, in-your-face tactics designed to unravel Steve Smith and the Australian batsmen played a major role in turning the second Test on its axis and handing momentum to India.

Australian opener Matt Renshaw denied that Kohli’s approach was below the belt, but Healy believes the Indian skipper has done potentially irreparable damage to his reputation.

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“The pressure is starting to tell on (Kohli),” Healy told Melbourne’s SEN radio.

“I’m losing respect for him. He’s not only now continuing his disrespect of the Australian players and umpires, but I think he’s putting pressure on his own players now.

“I’ve said in the past, he’s the best batsman I’ve ever seen. His feistiness and real aggression towards the opposition has been good (in the past), especially when he wasn’t captain.

“It would lead his team with him. They’re more timid than they look and they let on, the Indian cricketers.

“So Kohli’s aggression was good for them. But I think it’s not good for them anymore.

“He’s really putting some pressure on (his players).

India's Ravichandran Ashwin remonstrates with captain Virat Kohli during the second Test in Bangalore.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin remonstrates with captain Virat Kohli during the second Test in Bangalore.Source:AP

“You can read pressure all over Ravi Ashwin’s face.

“I think there’s massive cracks showing in (Kohli). He’s got to be a lot more respectful of his opponents.

“The stuff he did with Steve Smith was unacceptable.”

Kohli’s antics have had the flow-on effect of causing tensions between both sides to sour significantly.

Australian stars Mitchell Starc, Matt Renshaw and Steve O’Keefe all instigated animated exchanges with Indian batsmen on day three, with umpires forced to become involved.

It appeared as though captain Smith was keen to point out that Kohli had been guilty of the same practice in the first innings.

Originally published as Healy’s stinging rebuke of Kohli tactics