WEB DESK: Indian batsman Virat Kohli explained what was behind his fiery ‘send-off’ with Steven Smith during the first T20 international earlier this week and said that it had nothing to do with the Australian wearing a microphone, ESPN Cricinfo reported.
Kohli had exchanged words with Smith after taking a catch to dismiss the Australian during the first T20 international at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
“I had no idea he had the mic on,” Kohli was quoted by ‘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,” Kholi said.
“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 when asked about Kohli’s behavior.
Source: ESPN Cricinfo