Ahead of the Ranchi Test, India skipper Virat Kohli has expressed both teams have moved on from the Bengaluru Test’s Decision Review System (DRS) controversy, by stating cricket is players’ top priority and the hosts would give their best to continue their momentum.
“A lot has been given in to the incident I feel and it’s time we should focus on the remainder of the Test series. What’s happened in Bangalore has happened in Bangalore. We are in Ranchi and we should look forward to tomorrow’s (game.),” Kohli said.
The 28-year-old Kohli stated the team is ‘focusing on cricket’ after one of the journalists asked him about the DRS hullabaloo which drew flak – after the star batsman alleged Australian players of unsystematically using the DRS, which was termed ‘outrageous’ by Cricket Australia.
“The priority here is cricket in all the other things happened in the background. There’s a lot of cricket to be played and it should not happen in bad taste,” Kohli remarked.
Bengaluru Test was marred by DRS controversy when Australian skipper Steven Smith was caught watching towards the dressing room to seek off-field guidance, which was clearly against the DRS rules after his batting partner Peter Handscomb made a good look at the team viewing area before the captain.
“We understand that as cricketers. And as I said, what’s happened has happened in the past and we need to look forward,” Kohli concluded.
After a war of words, both teams would now aim to give their best on-field, which has so far gripped the players.
On the other hand, Kohli would look to strike some form after registering just 40 runs in the four innings of the first two Tests, held in Pune and Bengaluru. Both pitches were later termed as ‘poor’ by the world cricket governing body ICC.
Currently, the series is levelled at 1-1. Ranchi will host its maiden Test when Kohli’s India take on Australia on Thursday (March 16) in the third game of the Border-Gavaskar series.