Former Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson has called India captain Virat Kohli ‘frustrated’ at not being able to score big runs in the ongoing Test series.

"Hes obviously quite passionate, but I just think hes frustrated because he hasnt scored a run and hes letting his emotions get the better of him," Johnson wrote in his blog on foxsports.com.au.

During the second Test in Bengaluru, Kohli and his Australian counterpart Steve Smith clashed on the controversial DRS call with the Indian alleging that Smith repeatedly sought DRS inputs from the dressing room.

A day after Kohli lambasted the Australian team and just about stopped short of calling Smith a cheat, the Cricket Boards of India and Australia waded into the controversy by coming out with statements backing their respective captains.

Johnson further said, "You could sense the vibe change halfway through the match and it coincided with India getting ahead in the game.

"Obviously whenever theres a wicket the cameras go straight to Kohli to see his reaction -- they know theyre going to get those kind of reactions from him.

"And they did! He was giving a send-off to just about every player, which youve got to be very careful with. It can happen sometimes, when youre pumped up and you get a bit too fired up."

Johnson recalled the verbal duels he had with Kohli in the past.