WATCH | #INDvAUS: Smith terms DRS drama as ‘brain fade’, Kohli’s reply will SHOCK you – Steve Smith and Virat Kohli stir huge controversy in the post match press conference.
Steve Smith and Virat Kohli (AFP)
Things came to a boil between Indian captain Virat Kohli and his Australian counterpart Steve Smith on Tuesday when the visiting skipper tried seeking a clue from the dressing room for a DRS call after his dismissal.
It was the 21st over of the Australian second innings in the second Test here when Smith was trapped LBW by pacer Umesh Yadav. Having already blown a DRS call, involving David Warner, the Australians were in a fix on whether to seek another for Smith. Smith first turned to the non-striker’s end to seek an opinion and sparks flew when the umpires noticed that the batsman had turned towards the dressing room as well. They immediately intervened to stop Smith but matters came to a head when Kohli too joined in to speak to the officials. Rules pertaining to the usage of DRS clearly state that ‘signals from dressing room must not be given’.
Smith and Kohli had a brief but charged-up exchange of words before the former walked back to the pavilion. Kohli, on the other hand, was spoken to by the umpires after Smith’s departure. The two captains have had their fair share of run-ins during the series, frequently exchanging barbs on the ground.
Later in the post match press conference Smith tried to explain what exactly was going through his mind after he got dismissed. “I got hit on the pad and looked down to Petey (Handscomb) and he said look up there, 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,” he said.
However, Kohli dismissed Smith’s idea at once. He said that he had seen the Aussies asking for dressing room twice in the past three days. He added that he had mentioned it to the on-field umpires about the same and that was perhaps one of the reasons that umpire Nigel Llong was able to spot Smith asking for help. “I have seen it twice while batting. I have seen their players looking upstairs (dressing room). I told the umpires, this had to stop. 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,” he said.
Asked if he was accusing the Australian team of cheating, Kohli retorted, “I have not said that either.”
(Inputs from PTI)