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    "I donít like seeing it at all" : Ricky Ponting weighs in on Adelaide crowd booing Virat Kohli

    The boos from a small section of the Adelaide Oval crowd would have been "water off a duckís back" for Indian captain Virat Kohli, according to former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting.

    Kohli received warm applause when he walked out to bat on day one and did again on day three of the first Domain Test, although some members the 30,000-strong crowd on Saturday could be heard booing the divisive Indian star.

    As a player, Ponting was himself booed by a minority of English supporters on a handful of occasions during Australiaís 2009 Ashes tour.

    The Australian says he doesnít like the practice, but added it wouldnít have fazed Kohli one bit.

    "I donít like seeing it at all," Ponting told cricket.com.au after Kohli ground out 34 valuable runs in a 104-ball innings before he was dismissed just before stumps.

    "It didnít worry me as a player when it happened in England a couple times. Youíve almost got to accept it as acknowledgement for what youíve done in the game. But Iíd rather not see that happen at all.

    "Itíll be water off a duckís back (for Kohli), Iím sure. Heís probably had worse things happen to him on a cricket field, I would have thought, than getting booed by a couple of spectators as he walks on.

    "If anything, it might have steeled him a little bit more.

    "He (was) hardly playing a shot (early in his innings) and he looked like he wanted to really ground the Aussies into the deck."

    Ponting, meanwhile, says Travis Head remains "a work-in-progress" as a Test batsman, but heís backed him to fill a spot in Australiaís top six on next yearís Ashes tour.

    Playing just his third Test, Head top-scored with 72 in Australiaís innings of 235, matching his score in the second innings of his debut Test in Dubai earlier this year.

    The South Australian fell short of becoming the first Redbacks player since Jason Gillespie to score a Test century, but Ponting said heís been impressed by start of the left-handerís career as part of an inexperienced Australian top six.

    "Iím really impressed with him as a player and a person," Ponting, whoís worked with Head as an assistant coach in Australiaís limited-overs teams in recent years, said.

    "Heís very a level-headed young man, heís very calm and pretty confident in his own game.

    "Heís obviously still a work in progress. Thereís not too many Australian batsmen at the moment who are the absolute finished product.

    "If you look at the depth of batting in Australia, youíd think Travis Headís name will be right at the top of the list (for the Ashes), specially with what weíve seen in the last couple of games.

    "And heíll keep getting better, keep improving and learning about himself and what he has to do to have success at the top level.

    "But from what Iíve seen so far, Iíve been pretty impressed with him."

    https://www.cricket.com.au/news/rick...deo/2018-12-08


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    Cant shut everybody's mouth. Better to ignore these people.

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    Kohli is a great of the game like Ponting but he isnt a God like figure like Sachin was. He never will be unaninously loved and respected.

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    Ponting identifies with Kohli.. Were both similar personalities on the field?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oligochaetes View Post
    Ponting identifies with Kohli.. Were both similar personalities on the field?
    Practically brothers. Ponting had the same competitive attitude coarsing through the veins and felt mortified if it ever seemed the team had surrendered an inch to the opposition. Telling the bowler to eff off and go back and bowl when he hit him on the head. Only difference might be that I think Ponting was more aggressive with the umpires than Kohli.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Last Monetarist View Post
    Practically brothers. Ponting had the same competitive attitude coursing through the veins and felt mortified if it ever seemed the team had surrendered an inch to the opposition. Telling the bowler to eff off and go back and bowl when he hit him on the head. Only difference might be that I think Ponting was more aggressive with the umpires than Kohli.
    Correction.

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    Want Aussies to that more, sadly only expecting Hazlewood to get on face of Kohli , hopefully the Aussies try to role him up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oligochaetes View Post
    Ponting identifies with Kohli.. Were both similar personalities on the field?
    Similar personalities as well as similar batting...


    "Everything else seems so superfluous." ~ Albert Einstein on the Bhagavad-Gita

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    SO ricky wants australia to lose, lol.


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