India vs Australia: Adam Gilchrist hails Virat Kohli as 'a great leader'; hopes teams diffuse ongoing tension

PTI, Mar, 23 2017

Melbourne: Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has called Virat Kohli a great leader and said it is time for both the countries to put an end to the 'Cheatgate' controversy before it turns into something along the lines of the infamous 2008 'Monkeygate' episode.

Kohli is yet to fire in the ongoing series against Australia and Gilchrist said the Indian skipper is due for big runs in the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala, starting Saturday.

"Kohli is a great leader. He drags his team and his nation with him," Gilchirst told PTI in Melbourne on late on Wednesday while launching the Indian sandalwood company's new name 'Quintis'.

File photo of Adam Gilchrist. AFP

File photo of Adam Gilchrist. AFP

"I am fearful Virat Kohli is due for a lot of runs (in Dharamsala)," he said.

"It has been an exceptional series. (But) both the teams may sit back in the end and think they may have said somethings differently.

"But we can all move on and I'm glad that it has not escalated to the really nasty scenario in 2008 that dragged on and on," he said.

Gilchrist said controversies are integral part of India-Australia cricket rivalry.

"Everyone was frustrated and that is a part of history between the two teams," the legendary wicket-keeper batsman said.

"At the end of the day there is a lot of respect between the two teams because they fear each other as opponents. Both the teams are fine competitors."

Gilchrist said just like others he too was surprised by Australia's performance in the ongoing series.

"I think it's fair to say that everyone is surprised the way Australian team has performed over there (in India). So many predictions but they have done themselves proud. Australia has performed extremely well,'

"It has been a wonderful series. So many people are saying to me it is the best series they have seen in India since 2001. That (2001) series was extraordinary and India came out on top but who knows what lays ahead," he added.

Published Date: Mar 23, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 23, 2017



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