He may not be part of Australia's squad touring India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, but pacer Mitchell Johnson just cannot seem to stop taking digs at India skipper Virat Kohli.
The two have had multiple run-ins in the past and the Australian has tried to reignite another feud with the prolific batsman by calling him 'frustrated' in a blog for foxsports.com.au. The pacer reasoned that Kohli's scores of 0, 13, 12, 15 in his four innings have had a major bearing on the Indian team's fortunes as well.
"He’s obviously quite passionate, but I just think he’s frustrated because he hasn’t scored a run and he’s letting his emotions get the better of him. You could sense the vibe change halfway through the match and it coincided with India getting ahead in the game," Johnson wrote.
Not just Johnson, other former Australian cricketers too have taken a dig at India's skipper. Former wicketkeeper Ian Healy went to the extent of saying he was "losing respect" for Kohli, while national selector Mark Waugh said that Kohli was suffering from a "brain fade" and his "negative thinking" was rubbing off to his teammates.
Having lost the first Test by 333 runs in Pune, India drew level in the series in the Bengaluru Test. Johnson also said Kohli was the reason he felt completely at home watching the second Test.
"Virat was in the thick of everything. He was pumping up the crowd, giving every Australian player a send-off and generally being fired up.
"Obviously whenever there’s a wicket the cameras go straight to Kohli to see his reaction — they know they’re going to get those kind of reactions from him. And they did! He was giving a send-off to just about every player, which you’ve got to be very careful with.
"Of course it wasn’t just Kohli — you could name half a dozen players from both teams that were guilty of a bit of excessive celebration — but it’s not a good look and I’m sure the players will be embarrassed looking back at the footage," he added.
The 35-year-old went on to say that things between the duo really soured during the Boxing Day Test in 2014. On that day, Johnson threw the ball at Kohli trying to get him run out but ended up hitting the Indian, who went on to say that he had no respect for after the bowler.