The build-up for the all-important third Border-Gavaskar Test has been dominated by the DRS controversy, that took place on the last day of the Bengaluru Test when Steven Smith was caught seeking input from the dressing room on a DRS referral.
Speaking at the pre-match presser, the Aussie skipper had called the moment as a ‘brain fade’ but his Indian counterpart was not convinced with the claims and went on to accuse the Australian team of seeking help from the change-room on referrals throughout the Test. However, the India skipper stopped himself from using the word ‘cheating’. But the Australian media, which exaggerated almost every statement from Kohli, accused the 28-year-old of using the ‘cheat’ word and even urged the governing body of the game to punish him for inappropriate comments.
But the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided against charging any player after the incident. The two cricket boards have also moved on and the BCCI, after filing a complaint against Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb, withdrew it to let the players focus solely on the game.
But as expected, the pre-match conference was dominated by questions regarding the DRS controversy. As soon as Kohli walked inside the hall to address the media, he was bombarded with questions regarding the much-talked about incident and in one such question, a journalist asked him about the allegations pressed against him in the wake of the second Test.
But the Delhi star, who was fired up during his post-match presser at Bengaluru, did not try to add any fuel to the fire and constantly insisted on moving ahead from the incident.
At first, he asked the journalist:
“What is the allegation for?”.
Before adding: “It has to be called something for me to be questioning something about someone to call it an allegation. If no charges are pressed against me, how were they allegations”
The journalist further reminded Kohli about his claims that he had seen the Aussie players seeking help from the dressing room on referrals while he was batting. He later said since there are no evidences of his claim, does he (Kohli) stand by it?
In reply, Kohli said:
“As I said, we need to move on and focus on the game. There are two sides of the coin. I could be speaking about another again and things are not just going to move forward. Everyone sitting here have their own interests and they choose to ask what they want to but our focus remains on the game and we need to look forward.”