Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has described Virat Kohli as a "fantastic captain". He had shared the dressing room with the India captain while representing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. 

Kohli's on-field heated exchanges with Australia skipper Tim Paine in the second Test turned out to be a subject of discussion with many former players, including Mitchell Johnson, criticising the batsman's behaviour. However, Starc here by calling him a fantastic captain, has backed Kohli.

"I've played a couple of IPLs with Virat and he's been fantastic to play under, as a captain", said Starc.

On Sunday, Indian coach Ravi Shastri called him "an absolute gentleman", while former Australian opener Matthew Hayden 
said that Kohli was more Australian than Indian in many ways. 

Kohli also received the backing of Australia coach and Paine himself.

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