Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has described Virat Kohli as a “fantastic captain”, having shared the dressing room with the India captain while representing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL
Kohli’s on-field heated exchanges with Australia skipper Tim Paine in the second Test turned out to be a subject of discussion with many former players, including Mitchell Johnson, criticising the batting maestro’s behaviour.
Starc, who was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014, had emerged as a key bowler for the IPL team. He parted ways with Bangalore in February last year before being picked by Kolkata Knight Riders early this year.
However, Starc backed Kohli.
I’ve played IPL’s with Virat and he’s been fantastic to play under, as a captain
Starc, though, was ruled out of the 2018 IPL season due to injury and was released from KKR last month.
Kohli also received the backing of Australia coach and Paine himself, who said he relished his war of words with the combative Indian.
India and Australia are currently tied 1-1 in the four-match series after topsy-turvy contests in Adelaide and Perth. The two teams will face off in the third Test on December 26 at Melbourne