Hobart, Feb 29: While Virat Kohli is earning high praise across India for his brilliance with the bat on Tuesday, there have been no major reactions in the Australian media.
Some of the leading Australian newspapers have not reacted to Kohli's sensational knock at the Bellerive Oval against Sri Lanka. A look at some of the leading papers in Australia show only match reports from news agencies. This could be because Australia was not playing against India in Hobart.
One would assume that things would have been entirely different if was an India-Australia encounter.
What would have been the comments from the Australian press, which has been critical of India's poor showing in the country. They had slammed Kohli's behaviour during the Test series where he made an obscene gesture towards a heckling Sydney crowd.
During the previous game against Australia, India were criticised by one newspaper, calling the team "rabble with no redeeming features" and also had lashed out at Sachin Tendulkar after being blocked by Brett Lee in his run-out. The paper termed that incident as "woeful".
"Thank goodness the game against Sri Lanka in Hobart will be India's last on this tour -- barring some major mathematical quirk of results which will see them make the finals. India cannot go home soon enough to their bulging bank accounts and flat, grassless wickets," the newspaper's article said after India's 87-run loss to Australia in Sydney on Sunday.
"Sachin Tendulkar's run out for 14 at the SCG typified India's tour. Pathetic. To remonstrate that he had been blocked by Brett Lee when they barely touched was just woeful. Tendulkar was not forced to alter course and he gave up attempting to make his ground. He may once have been the greatest modern cricketer in the world and India the new arrogant financial force in the game, but on and off the field this rabble will go home with no redeeming features. It was yet another example of India treating the greater game with scant respect," it said.
One would like to ask the Australian newspapers whether they are only good at slamming the Indian team. What about Kohli's batting heroics in Hobart when the team was pushed to a corner.
Former cricketers have hailed Kohli's knock but the Australian writers are still to recognise the youngster's effort. May be he needs to reproduce such an innings if India are to face Australia in the tri-series finals from Sunday.