Virat Kohli Alleges Australians ‘Disrespected’ Indian Team Physio

While saving a run on the first day of the third Test, Virat Kohli hurt his shoulder and Farhart rushed onto the field to attain to his injury. Kohli eventually left the field with the physio.


Virat Kohli injured his shoulder while fielding during Australia’s first innings.

Allegations and denials flew thick and fast between rival captains Virat Kohli and Steven Smith with the India skipper alleging that his team’s physio Patrick Farhart was “disrespected” by Australians during the 3rd Test in Ranchi. Kohli said that some Australians unnecessarily taunted Farhart but Smith rubbished the claim.

“They (four-five of them) started taking Patrick’s name. I don’t know why. He’s our physio. His job is to treat me. I don’t find the reason behind it. I could not understand. You must ask why they have started taking his name,” said Kohli after the Ranchi Test ended in a draw.

While saving a run on the first day of the third Test, Kohli hurt his shoulder and Farhart rushed onto the field to attain to his injury. Kohli eventually left the field with the physio.

Later Glenn Maxwell was seen mocking Kohli’s injury when he imitated his action by clutching his right shoulder after his dive to save a boundary. The Indian skipper, too, gave it back with a similar gesture when David Warner got out on Day 4.

When an Australian scribe asked about the mocking incident involving himself and Glenn Maxwell, an upset Kohli said: “It’s funny all our guys ask about cricket as the first thing and you ask about something controversial. But it’s okay. These things happen on the field.”

However Smith insisted that they never disrespected Farhart, who himself is an Australia.

“It was a bit disappointing. I didn’t actually do anything. Virat was having a go at me saying I was disrespecting Patrick Farhart. It was probably the exact opposite.

“I think he probably did a pretty terrific job to be able to get Virat back on the field after that shoulder injury. He’s a terrific physio and he obviously does a great job for them,” said Smith.

Asked about his take on the spirit of the game, Smith said: “There’s always a bit of tension when you’re playing India in Test matches. As far I’m concerned it’s being played in the right spirit on the field and it’s a hard and tough grind. That’s how I would explain it and no issues with that.”


No Regrets About What I Said But Time To Move On, Says Virat Kohli

Kohli said in Ranchi that he would like to move on from Bengaluru, though he didn’t regret saying what he did.


Virat Kohli was very vocal about the ‘brain fade’ incident post the 2nd Test.

India skipper Virat Kohli has said both the Indian and the Australian teams have moved on from the “brainfade” controversy that headlined the Bengaluru test and that rest of the series should not be played in good spirit. However, the Indian skipper would not back down from what he had said about Australian counterpart Steve Smith, though he thinks it is ‘stupid’ to go on about one thing on a daily basis since there is cricket to be played.

In his first interaction after his tirade against Smith in Bengaluru, Kohli said he did not regret what he said but at the same time he wanted to move on.

“See, I think about what I say. I don’t regret anything that I’ve said. But at the same time, it’s very important not to be stupid and go on with the same thing on a daily basis because there’s cricket to be played,” he said.

“There was a decent break in between. We certainly don’t want to sit and think about one issue all the time. We have two test matches to play and that’s what we need to focus on.”

Hailing both the Boards to call truce after ICC’s intervention, Kohli said: “It was a mature decision on everyone’s part to move on from that. We’ve seen instances in the past when it stretched too long and it just caused disharmony and there’s no (other) outcome.

“We just need to focus on the two games. You will always have two sides of the coin…that just takes the focus away from the game that we all are sitting here because of. I think it’s in the best interest of everyone that we move on and focus on the game.

“It’s not the first time in my career people have spoken about me and certainly not the last time. I would have done few things right in my career to be given the opportunity to captain the side.

“As long as you’re honest and you work hard, you are answerable to no one. Everyone has their own opinion. I’m not challenging anyone. It’s totally up to them if someone challenges me. I am not going to hold a banner saying don’t speak ill about me. It’s all part of a whole journey.”

Kohli, who had stopped short of calling Smith ‘cheat’ after their dramatic 75-run win against Australia in Bengaluru, was flooded with questions on the DRS controversy but Kohli had only one answer: Time to focus on cricket.

“A lot has been given into the incident. It’s time we focused on the remainder of the series. There’s lot of cricket to be played and it should not happen in bad taste. What’s happened in Bengaluru happened in Bengaluru, we are in Ranchi and we should look forward to tomorrow,” Kohli said at the news conference on the eve of the third Test.

“Both teams have moved ahead from Bengaluru. I think the focus should get back on the series because the priority is here cricket. All other things happen in the background, we understand that as cricketers.”

Smith’s gesture of taking help from his teammates in the dressing room for a DRS call after he was adjudged LBW by umpire Nigel Llong erupted into a controversy as Kohli at the post-match news conference did not utter the word “cheat” but said it “falls in that bracket”.

It led to an exchange between the two rival captains before ICC intervened and brokered peace without penalising anyone in what was snowballing into another controversy like the bitter monkeygate episode.

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Virat Kohli Accuses Australia Of Crossing The Line On DRS

‘Australia crossed the line’ on DRS – Virat Kohli.


“There’s a line that you don’t cross on the cricket field… I would never do something like that on the cricket field.” – Virat Kohli.

India’s captain Virat Kohli has said that Australia crossed the line “that you don’t cross on a cricket field” when it comes to DRS protocols. Kohli accused Australia of taking help from the dressing room on at least three occasions before making their mind up on reviews in the Bengaluru Test. Kohli said he had made the umpires aware of it on the first two occasions before the third one played out in full view.

When Steven Smith was ruled out lbw in a tense chase of 188, he looked towards the dressing room after having chatted with non-striker Peter Handscomb, apparently for clues on whether to review the call or not. Umpire Nigel Llong intervened immediately, and sent him on his way. Llong also prevented a seemingly livid Kohli from getting into that conversation. Kohli later said he had brought this matter to the umpires’ attention earlier too.

“I saw that two times happening when I was batting out there,” Kohli said. “I pointed it out to the umpire as well, that it’s happened twice, that I’ve seen their players looking upstairs for confirmation, and that’s why the umpire was at him.

“When he turned back the umpire knew exactly what was going on, because we observed that, we told match referee also, and the umpires, that they’ve been doing that for the last three days and this has to stop, because there’s a line that you don’t cross on the cricket field, because sledging and playing against the opponents is different, but… I don’t want to mention the word, but it falls in that bracket. I would never do something like that on the cricket field.”

When asked if the word he didn’t want to mention was “cheating”, Kohli replied: “I didn’t say that, you did.”

Smith called his looking towards the dressing room a brain fade. “I got hit on the pad and looked down to Petey and he said look up there,” Smith said. “So I turned around and it was a bit of a brain fade on my behalf. I shouldn’t have done that.

“I was looking at our boys, so shouldn’t have done that and it was a bit of a brain fade.”

Kohli, though, refused to accept Smith’s explanation. “Honestly, if someone makes a mistake while batting, for me, personally, that’s a brain fade,” Kohli said. “The way I left the ball in Pune, you know, getting hit on the off stump. That was a brain fade. But if something is going on for three days, then that’s not a brain fade, as simple as that.

“I don’t want to say more on that, videos are out there for everyone to see. It was getting repetitive, that’s why the umpires also knew that it might happen again. I saw it two times when I was batting, I can vouch for that.”

The official BCCI Twitter handle, though, went on to say more. It tweeted the video of Smith’s dismissal, the accompanying tweet wondering if the full form of DRS was “dressing room review system”.

Smith denied that his side used help from the dressing room as a DRS tactic. He insisted his dismissal was the first time he looked up to the dressing room. “No, I think that’s probably the first time it’s happened, and it was a brain fade on my behalf,” he said.

There were an increasing number of verbal exchanges throughout the Test. Smith admitted to there being a “white line fever”, but he felt the match was played “in good spirit”.

“Australia and India playing, there’s always emotions flying around and we get a little bit of white line fever every now and then,” Smith said. “As long as it’s kept on the field it’s all good. There’s always interesting banter between the two teams, and I think it makes it a great contest.”

Kohli also hit back at former Australia wicketkeeper, Ian Healy, who had earlier criticised Kohli’s behaviour during Australia’s first innings, particularly when Smith was at the crease.

“I’m losing respect for him. 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. “The stuff he did with Steve Smith was unacceptable.

“There’s massive cracks showing in [Kohli]. I’ve said in the past he’s the best batsman I’ve ever seen. His feistiness and real aggression towards the opposition has been good [in the past], especially when he wasn’t captain.”

Kohli responded by pointing out Healy’s reaction to being wrongly given out in the Centurion Test in 1997 – swearing as he walked off, Healy then threw his bat while climbing the steps to the dressing room.

“[I’ll lose respect] in his eyes?” Kohli asked dismissively. “We’ve got 1.2 billion people in India. One person doesn’t make a difference to my life. And also I think you should go and search on YouTube, when he was given out in Centurion, down the leg side. I heard he said something about me not having good behaviour with umpires – I think you all should YouTube that video and I think, yeah, that says it all. Just see that video and next time you ask me the same question.”

© Melinda Farrell, ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

You’ll Not See Pune-Like Bad Performance Again, Promises Virat Kohli


BENGALURU: Indian captain Virat Kohli on Friday assured that his team will never repeat the kind of “bad performance” and “lack of intent” that led to the humiliating opening Test loss to Australia in Pune.

The Indians were hammered by 333 runs in the first Test inside three days in a stunning defeat, which ended their 19-match unbeaten streak.

Ahead of the second Test starting on Saturday, Kohli said the hosts have learnt their lessons from the debacle.

“You will not see such a bad performance again, I will assure you that,” said the feisty captain in a pre-match press conference.

“It is important to accept defeats. We lost the Pune match because of lack of intent. Australia played better cricket. It is important to accept defeat, if you go by your ego or ignore it, it will affect you only. It doesn’t mean losing in Pune would result in us losing the other matches also,” he added.

Kohli said it was a rare collective failure for the Indians.

“Sometimes such defeats are necessary. This gave us a platform to understand where we lacked. It happens very rarely that the whole team does not perform, this is what happened in the last match. We learnt a lot from that loss,” Kohli said.

“Even if we win or lose, our preparation remains the same. The intensity remains the same even if we lose or win a match. Basically you don’t change the practice depending upon the result,” he added.

Kohli refused to divulge what changes are likely to be made in the playing XI though he promised “surprises”.

“We have a combination in mind and we will finalise it when we sit together this evening. There are all kinds of possibilities tomorrow there could be few surprises,” he said.

However, Kohli did confirm that all-rounder Hardik Pandya was not yet fit to be considered for selection.

“Hardik Pandya is not available for selection. He has a niggle in his shoulder. Rest of them are fit and available.”

Steve Smith‘s men were labelled the weakest Australian team ever to tour India before the series but managed to surprise naysayers with a thoroughly commendable all-round performance.

Smith himself showed excellent form for a hundred on the rank turner of Pune.

Asked how the home team would look to negate the Smith factor, Kohli said, “Our focus is not only on him. I think the whole team has to play against Australia to win the Test match. We are not focussing on one player at all.”

“All 10 wickets have to be taken twice to win a Test match, that is something we already have marked,” he added.

Kohli also played down the threat posed by Australian pace attack led by Mitchell Starc.

“I don’t think there will be any extra sort of variation added to his bowling suddenly. He is the bowler he is. We have to accept that and face him the best way as a batsmen,” he said.

Kohli also refused suggestions that they are under pressure as suggested by his counterpart Steven Smith.

“It is better we focus on our skills rather than what Australia is saying. I know these are mind games that they come up during press conferences. We still have to play cricket as we are doing for the last few years,” he added.

The questions kept veering towards the Pune loss and parallels were drawn with the infamous 2015 loss to Sri Lanka in Galle, which was followed by an unbeaten streak that ended last month.

“It was basically a scenario where we look at a situation differently. It is similar when you bat and bowl you try to break a partnership by taking three wickets in a spell. I think we believed as a team that we can win from that position. I think we have more experience and belief in the team that we had back then,” he added.

Kohli said it is never a good idea to get either too excited by a win or too deflated by a loss.

“We are all professional cricketers but sometimes when you are winning lot of games you don’t tend to focus on to improve as such, because someone or the other would step in,” he reasoned.

“When the whole team does not execute the things you want to, you understand a lot of things to work on and that’s always a good sign…you can’t take anything for granted during a Test match. I think these things are also very important in your cricket journey,” he said.

The swashbuckling batsman, who endured a rare failure with the bat in Pune, said he expects the familiarity with the pitch to work in favour of India here.

“I have played a lot of games here. I don’t think the Bangalore wicket has changed over the years. No surprises at all. Whenever we have played Test cricket we have done well. We take all these things into account,” he said.

 “We always play well at this stadium. Even the last Test that we played here we won against Australia. These things are big positives for us. We know exactly how this wicket plays and we know exactly what to do with this sort of wicket,” he added.
Off-spinner Jayant Yadav drew criticism for his below par performance in the first Test where he took just two wickets. But Kohli refused to say whether he would be dropped.

“These are perceptions. We have our ideas that we will address as management and go with best combination possible. Jayant has been outstanding. You can’t put pressure on the guy who has played only one series. The way he has grabbed his spot, it has been outstanding. He is an intelligent cricketer,” he asserted.