Australia and Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith has said he is keen to move over the controversies that took place during the Border-Gavaskar series in India.
The four-match Test series that the hosts won by a margin of 2-1, was marred with numerous controversies, most notably the DRS controversy during the second Test in Bengaluru, that forced the captains of both teams to exchange some heated words.
The incident had happened when Smith was caught red-handed seeking help from the dressing-room on a DRS call. Furious by the conduct, Kohli had stopped short of calling his Australia counterpart a cheat when he accused the visiting team of breaking the rules for making DRS decisions numerous times during the Bengaluru Test. Smith retaliated by rebuking Kohli’s claims and admitted he had made the mistake just once.
But now that the series is all done and dusted, the Aussie batsman is keen to leave the bad memories behind and move on.
“I don’t want to really cover that issue, it is all in the past. Sometimes your emotions can get the better of you and that’s just the way international sport goes. People learn from their mistakes, continue to improve and get better,” Smith told NDTV when asked about the series.
The relationship between Smith and Kohli has surely taken a beating after the fiercely-fought series with the latter even saying that he no longer considered Australian players his friend. However, Smith, leaving all the bad blood behind, called his Indian counterpart a quality player and backed him to lead India for a ‘very long time’. But at the same time, when he was asked whether he has any advice for Kohli, he refused to give one.
“Quality player, I’m sure he is going to be India’s leader for a very long time. But no advice just keep playing cricket and enjoying it,” the Aussie star said.
Kohli, meanwhile, is going through a rare lean phase with the bat. After managing just 46 runs in 3 Tests against Australia, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper has performed indifferently in the ongoing IPL too where he has scored only 250 runs in nine matches at a modest average of 27.77.
Smith, while admitting that the team from Down Under is playing their usual style of attacking cricket just like in the past, opined that the Indian team have also approached an aggressive brand of cricket under Kohli
“Australian cricket hasn’t changed a great deal. We have always tried to play an up-tempo and positive brand of cricket. We were always trying to take the game on and be sort of entertainers and try and be as positive as possible,” Smith said.
“India, I think, have adopted a similar mindset, they try to be very aggressive in how they go about things and that certainly seems to be Virat’s approach. I think it’s a great way to play cricket,” he added.
“There has been a little bit of a shift in India’s approach. There is a lot more aggressiveness on the field and a bit of banter here and there, which is always fun,” he added.