India-Australia series: Mitchell Johnson praises 'extremely mature' Virat Kohli

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Bengaluru, Feb 17: Their war of words on the field 3 years ago in the crucial Test match in Adelaide has been a fairy tale in cricket world. But he seems to have kept that famous war aside now, as he is one of the supporters of his great opponent batsman.

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He is Mitchell Johnson, one of the most prolific fast bowlers in Australian cricket in recent times. (Johnson-Kohli war of words at MCG)

Johnson, the owner of 590 international wickets was contacted in Brisbane for a couple of minutes. (Johnson taunts Kohli)

He was asked about Virat Kohli with whom his battle of words created huge controversy in Adelaide in 2014 series between India and Australia.

Johnson had only a lot of praise for the Indian skipper. He said, "Now Virat has been extremely mature. He has been more calm and quite while batting."

Three years ago, after scoring a ton, Kohli sent kisses to Australian bowlers including Johnson. The former fast bowler pointed out saying, "Now I see he does not look ecstatic even after scoring a century. His maturity has guided to reach the highest level of the game."

The most significant part in Kohli’s batting, Johnson has observed is the silkiness against both spin and pace bowling.

The bowler commented, "He is amazingly superb in all three formats of the game nowadays. I am also astonished to have watched the regality in his batting against both the spinners as well as against the fast bowlers also."

According to Johnson, the Australian bowling line-up must be doing an intense home work before bowling against Indian skipper.

Johnson said, "I hope our bowlers have had an intense preparation on and off the pitch about how to find out weakness of Kohli. They must have to do it during the Test series also. Otherwise Kohli will be as destructive as he has been against our bowlers also."

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