It’s imp to intimidate: Johnson
Never the one to shy away from a showdown, either with the ball or words, Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson feels “psychological warfare” is important to intimidate the opposition on the cricket field. In a new DVD titled ‘Mitchell Johnson: Bouncing Back,’ the pacer, who has tormented India with both bat and ball in the ongoing Test series in Australia, has spoken about the importance of instilling fear in the rivals.
“Sometimes we say stupid things when we’re out there. Sometimes we try and say things that hopefully get into the batsmen’s heads a little bit. We try to get them to think about their feet, or just let them know you are going to bowl another short ball. It’s all mind games,” Johnson was quoted as saying in the DVD by ESPNCricinfo.
“Sometimes it might look a little different on TV. It might look as if we’re going a bit too hard at each other, and sometimes it could be a bit over the top. But we’re always trying to stay inside the guidelines,” he added.
Johnson was involved in an on-field spat with the Indians in the second Test where the visitors’ attempts at sledging him backfired badly.