Virat Kohli Calls Australian Team Cheats, Steve Smith Apologises
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 08, 2017,
Mar 08, 2017, 3:47
India struck nearly immediately after tea with Ravichandran Ashwin grabbing the vital wicket of Mitchell Starc to reduce Australia to 103 for seven as India took a stranglehold over the second Test on a sunny day at Bengaluru.
Steve Smith ended up having what he described himself as a "brain fade". For example, when Steve Smith looked at the dressing room and asked whether he should take the DRS or not, the umpires stepped in immediately and reminded the Aussie skipper that it is against the rules.
The Australian captain, on his part, put his act at looking at the dressing room down to "brain fade".
Umpire Nigel Llong dealt with the issue swiftly but Kohli remained angry even after India recorded a series levelling win in Bangalore. Llong had to calm Kohli down as the Delhi batsman was clearly not happy with the incident. In this first Test, he was bowled as Kohli didn't offer any stroke to a straight delivery and something similar happened in the second Test but this he was judged LBW.
When asked if he was saying the Australians were cheating, Kohli said "I did not use that word, you did".
"I pointed that out to the umpire as well that I had seen their players looking upstairs for confirmation. They knew what was going on", Kohli said. "We told the umpires and the match referee also that they've been doing that for the last three days and this has to stop". The field positions said it loudly "we are out to get you out".
Smith admitted he should not have looked at the dressing room for any suggestions and said it was brain fade.
"I looked down to Petey (Handscomb) and Petey said, "Look up there" and I turned around and said, "What do you reckon?" and it was a bit of a brain fade on my behalf and I shouldn't have done that. It's as simple as that".
Virat Kohli's war of words with Steve Smith reached boiling point as the second Test between India and Australia turned ugly. There was more cricket off the field than on it, BCCI predictably flexed its muscles as India threatened to pull out, ICC intervened, and Australia did what they do best: cry foul.
"A sportsperson commits a mistake on the field on the decision he makes".
Much has been talked about the devil in the pitch but the statistics give a different picture.
"I don't know if people were thinking that we couldn't lose at all but in our mind there was no such thing".
"'Til now, this is the best one", Kohli said. "He's not only now continuing his disrespect of the Australian players and umpires, but I think he's putting pressure on his own players", Healy told radio station SEN on Monday.