India coach Ravi Shastri has passionately defended his captain's on-field demeanour, describing Virat Kohli as “an absolute gentleman” as Australia's senior players opted not to provoke the world No.1 batsman ahead of this week's Boxing Day Test.
Shastri was in a typically punchy mood at the MCG on Sunday, also firing back at critics of India's team selection and urging his men to be galvanised by perceived hostile Australian media coverage.
“Fantastic,” he said when asked what he made of Kohli's behaviour so far in the series.
“What's wrong with his behaviour? As far as we're concerned, he's an absolute gentleman."