Kohli furious with Smith, Healy and Lyon

India skipper Virat Kohli has voiced his displeasure at how Australia "crossed the line" when it came to Decision Review System (DRS) protocols.

Emotions flared once again between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith after the Australian skipper tried seeking a clue from the dressing room for a DRS call after his dismissal on Day Four of the second Test at the M. Chinnawamy Stadium here on Tuesday.

Smith, on March 7, had looked towards the dressing and made a hand gesture so as to ask what should he do after was trapped in front by Umesh Yadav and was given LBW out.

"I think we were a little bit off with our lines and lengths, probably gave them a few too many freebies - in the first innings as well, I think they [hit] probably five or six boundaries off balls that were gifted to them". "I pointed it out to the umpires and twice I have seen their players looking up there for information and that's why I was adamant".

If the opponents are saying that they need to get me out and the team will fall apart, I told everyone else, "it's an opportunity for you". "I would never do something like that on the cricket field". Smith later on admitted that it was "brain fade".

Kohli speaks to umpire Nigel Llong as Australia's captain Steven Smith walks off after being dismissed. He also said there was a "bit of a brain fade". I shouldn't have done that.

Kohli furious with Smith, Healy and Lyon

"I referred smudga (Smith) to look at the box.my fault and was unaware of the rule". "If someone makes a mistake while batting, for me personally, that's a brain-fade", he said.

"When he turned back that's when the umpires knew what was going on". The batsman checked with his partner Peter Handscomb, and then turned around to face the dressing room, appearing to look for guidance on whether to ask for a replay or not.

Smith's act has stirred up quite a row within the cricketing fraternity with many Indian and Australian players expressing concern over Smith's actions.

According to The Australian, match referee Chris Broad was not aware of the Australians looking for a direction from the dressing room for help with DRS on more than one occasion.

What seemed downright impossible after the first day, when they were bowled out for 189, became a possibility when Indian bowlers restricted Australia to 237-6 and eventually to 276 all out on day three.

  • Leroy Wright


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