When cricketers did not play in the spirit of the game
India beat Australia convincingly in one of the most remarkable Indian test victories at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru yesterday. The victory was sweet but the aftertaste has been bitter and Indian captain, Virat Kohli was the first to admit this when he all but accusedthe Australian captain, Steve Smith of cheating in the post-match press conference.
Here is what happened:
The Australian captain was batting on 28 when he was trapped in front of the wickets by a ball and the umpire upheld the appeal for LBW. Smith seemed dazed and first consulted his batting partner at the other end to ask what he thought of it. He could have asked the umpire to go upstairs for a video review under the Decision Review System (DRS) but instead of that he looked in the direction of the Australian dressing room and asked them what they thought. The Indian team objected and the umpire ordered Smith off the field.
Later, Smith described his indiscretion as a ‘brain fade’. Virat Kohli didn’t agree with that and asserted that they had complained about such instances to the umpires and match referee, Chris Broad earlier too. Read More