Having termed India skipper Virat Kohli ‘frustrated’ a few days ago, Mitchell Johnson is at it again.
This time, the pacer has taken an indirect dig at the prolific batsman by saying that India should hand the reins of captaincy to Ajinkya Rahane, who led India in the final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the absence of the injured Kohli.
With Kohli nursing an injured shoulder, Rahane steered India to a famous victory at Dharamsala’s HPCA Stadium, thereby helping the hosts regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Johnson, who joined the Mumbai Indians squad on Wednesday ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, tweeted: “Rahane should stay captain! It was a tough series but I believe it should stay on the field with the players.”
He was referring to an article on Cricket Australia's website where Kohli was quoted as saying that he was no longer friends with the Aussies after a bad-tempered series.
Rahane should stay captain! It was a tough series but I believe it should stay on the field with the players https://t.co/jtM7V9eIAm
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) March 28, 2017
A few weeks back Johnson had written in his column for Australian website foxsports.com.au that Kohli was letting his emotions get the better of himself.
"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.
Back then, Johnson had also said that 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," he added.
The duo have a contentious past, having had multiple run-ins during their playing days. 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 the bowler.