‘You don’t upset bear, you don’t upset Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’: Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones | Crickit
close_game
close_game

‘You don’t upset bear, you don’t upset Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’: Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones

Hindustan Times, New Delghi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Prashant Saxena
Jun 04, 2020 12:01 PM IST

Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones said that the Australian team did not say anything to Kohli because it would not be in their best interests.

Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones believes that the opposition teams should not say anything to India captain Virat Kohli because he gets fuelled by confrontation. In a recent interview, Jones was questioned on the remarks made by former Aussie captain Michael Clarke in April that Australia was ‘sucking up’ to Kohli and co. during the 2018-19 series. In reply to the question, Jones said that Australia team did not say anything to Kohli because it was not in their best interests.

File image of Virat Kohli and Tim Paine.(Reuters)
File image of Virat Kohli and Tim Paine.(Reuters)

“I’ll tell you the reason why they went quiet on Virat. Because we went quiet when Viv Richards came out to bat. We went quiet on Javed Miandad, on Martin Crowe,” Jones was quoted as saying in an interview on Sportscreen Youtube channel.

Also read: ’83 the movie: The sons also rise

“And there is a reason behind that. Because we know when someone is feeling down, the pitch is not great, there is nothing going on, and all of a sudden if anyone has a snap at you, then you lift your ears and say ‘oh, you have something to say’,” Jones added. 

Jones further added: “We saw in the Michael Jordan ‘s documentary ‘The Last Dance’, he would pick up a fight just to get himself up. And we know that you don’t upset the bear, you don’t upset Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni, you don’t upset certain players, because this is what they love. They love confrontation. Don’t give him any oxygen.”

Also read: If we have a camp for 4-6 weeks, players can attain peak match readiness: Fielding coach R Sridhar

Clarke, in his interview, had indicated that the Australia team played less aggressively because they were afraid about their IPL contracts. But Jones called the remarks as “rubbish”.

“But I find this reason about not upsetting Virat because of IPL contracts a bit rubbish. Is Virat going to stop anyone from playing? That is down to the coaches and managers who they pick,” he said.

Get World Cup ready with Crickit! From live scores to match stats, catch all the action here. Explore now!

See more

Stay updated with the latest cricket news, T20 World Cup 2024 updates and match highlights. Explore the World Cup Schedule 2024, track the World Cup Points Table, follow Virat Kohli's performance, and stay ahead with the stats on World Cup Most Wickets and World Cup Most Runs on the Hindustan Times website and app.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Monday, June 24, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On