Steve Smith DRS controversy: BCCI stands by Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team; hopes matches are played in true spirit

The Indian cricket board, BCCI, in a statement, has backed the team and skipper Virat Kohli in the 'Reviewgate' case.

By: Express Web Desk | Bangalore | Updated: March 8, 2017 9:33 pm
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In a new twist in the DRS controversy involving Steve Smith, the BCCI has released a detailed statement and “stands with the Indian cricket team and its Captain Mr. Virat Kohli”.

Here’s what the Indian cricket board said in a statement, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after due deliberation and seeing the video replays of the episode steadfastly stands with the Indian Cricket Team and its Captain Mr. Virat Kohli.

Mr. Virat Kohli is a mature and seasoned cricketer and his conduct on the field has been exemplary. Mr. Kohli’s action was supported by ICC Elite Panel Umpire Mr. Nigel Llong who rushed in to dissuade Mr. Steve Smith from taking recourse to inappropriate assistance.

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BCCI has requested the ICC to take cognizance of the fact that the Australian skipper Mr. Steve Smith in his press conference admitted to a ‘brain fade’ at that moment. BCCI sincerely hopes that the rest of the matches are played in the true spirit of cricket.”

The incident occurred in the 21st over of Australia’s second innings when Umesh Yadav trapped Steve Smith dead in front of the wicket. The delivery, which bowled at 87.2 mph, did not rise and swept along the ground. It landed on a fuller length and scooted on to hit Smith plumb in front of his wickets. Smith walked up to his partner Peter Handscomb who signalled him towards the dressing room. Smith seemed to ask the dressing room for help.

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Seeing Smith’s action, umpire Nigel Llong asked Smith stop. India captain Kohli  also rushed and asked the umpire to stop him.

This is what he Kohli said at the presser about the controversy: ““I saw the same thing twice when I was batting out there. I pointed it out to the umpire as well that it’s happened twice, and I have seen their players looking upstairs (to the dressing room) for confirmation. And that is why the umpire was acting when Smith turned back. The umpire knew exactly what was going on. We observed that (looking at dressing room), told match referee also and umpires that they have been doing this for last three days and this has to stop. It has to stop because there is a line that you don’t cross on the cricket field. Sledging is different. But I don’t want to mention the (particular) word but it falls in that bracket. I would never do something like that on the cricket field.”

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    N S
    Mar 8, 2017 at 12:27 pm
    The Role of Match Referee needs a closer scrutiny - an individual always known to take tough stands against Teams from Asia. While Kohli categorically states that he had forewarned the Referee and the Umpires, there is a deafening silence from the Match Referee on the episode. If there had been a Role reversal, would the Referee have remained silent - left to one's imagination. You can't expect anything better from ICC Officials led by "Mr Clean" of Cricket Administration. We don't know what are the hidden agendas he has with the Cricket Boards of Australia and England and Wales. Amen !!
    1. G
      Mar 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm
      Virat many Indians are ashamed of you. Concentrate on your game rather than trying to pick s on opponents. People will respect you if you also behave like a gentleman. Learn these things from Dhoni. Don't disgrace India by your behaviour. Virat don't behave like a low level politician
      1. D
        Mar 8, 2017 at 8:32 pm
        If the samething happened in Australia and Kohli was in the other end could have caused Kohli's head for remaining series. One rule for White people and other rule for Non whites
        1. C
          Mar 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm
          The biggest cheats have been stanis. Now the Australians have taken over. The problem is not with Smith. The Australian commentators and the so called Australian greats are the culprits. They have sown the seeds of discord even before the series startedgt; Smith is a good kid and he has been contrite. Time to move on. Good to see Kohli playing the game hard in the same way the Aussies do. It is the battle of the minds.
          1. K
            kohli karma
            Mar 9, 2017 at 3:46 am
            Lazy Australians are greatest manitors on the earth. Who is f@@@ing James Sutherland talking about Kohli. Keep your bloody house in order mate.
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