Melbourne: Star Indian batsman Virat Kohli on Friday explained what was behind his fiery 'send-off' of Steven Smith during the first T20 International earlier this week and said that it had nothing to do with the Australian wearing a microphone.
India's senior pro Virat Kohli gestures to Australia's star batsman Steven Smith after holding on to a catch during Game One of the Twenty20 International at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. PIC/GETTY IMAGES
Kohli had exchanged words with Smith after taking a catch to dismiss the Australian during the first T20 International at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
The wicket came just moments after Smith had been talking to Channel Nine commentators, and some interpreted Kohli's actions as a disapproval of the multi-tasking job Smith was doing.
But during the innings break of Friday's T20 clash at the MCG, which India won to clinch the series, Kohli explained it was not related to what Smith was doing with the microphone but still everything to do with what the Australian had said in the middle of Adelaide Oval.
“I had no idea he had the mic on,” Kohli was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as having told Channel Nine.
“He (Smith) was sort of having a go at our junior bowlers — after hitting a boundary he was having a go at them, so I told the umpires to keep an eye out otherwise I would have to step in. They did nothing and in the end I told him that he could go talk in the change room. “It had nothing to do with the commentary,” he said. Kohli's comments came after Smith dished out his own riposte on the red carpet at the Allan Border Medal on Wednesday night.
Asked about Kohli's behaviour, Australia's Test and one-day skipper was less than complimentary. “He gets pretty emotional out there, does not he? I don't think you need to do that kind of thing when someone gets out. “It's fine to have a little bit of banter when you're out in the field, but when someone is out, I don't really think that's on,” Smith had said.