New Zealand pacer Tim Southee on Tuesday defended Virat Kohli’s outburst during the recently-concluded second Test in Christchurch, saying the Indian captain is a “very passionate guy” who tries to “bring out the best in himself”.

Kohli allegedly swore at Kane Williamson during animated celebrations after the New Zealand skipper’s dismissal on day two of the second Test. India lost the game by seven wickets to go down 0-2 in the series.

“He’s a very passionate guy... and very energetic in the field. He tries to bring out the best in himself,” Southee, who has played alongside Kohli in the IPL, told Radio New Zealand ’.

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Southee said both India and New Zealand competed hard in the series but there was no bad blood between them. Following the loss on Monday, one of the local journalists had sought Kohli’s reaction to the incident and that did not go down well with India's leading batsman.

“What do you think? I am asking you the answer,” Kohli hit back at the scribe.

“You need to find out an answer and come up with a better question. You can’t come here with half questions and half details of what happened. Also if you want to create controversy, this is not the right place. I spoke with the match referee (Ranjan Madugalle) and he had no issues with what happened,” Kohli had said.