BCCI Supported Virat Kohli, On Steve Smith Controversy

The BCCI ( Board of control for cricket in India ) has joined in the India vs Australia UDRS row, and indirectly slammed Cricket Australia's reports on the issue. The BCCI came out in strong support of India skipper Virat Kohli and requested the ICC ( International Cricket Council ) to take note of Aussies captain Steve Smith's "brain fade" in seeking dressing room's opinion for a DRS referral in the Second Test ( Bengaluru ).

"The Board of control for cricket in India ( BCCI ) after due deliberation and seeing the video replays of the episode steadfastly stands with the Indian Cricket Team and its Captain Mr. Virat Kohli," BCCI said in a statement.

"Mr. Virat Kohli is a mature and seasoned cricketer and his conduct on the field has been exemplary. Mr.Virat Kohli's action was supported by ICC Elite Panel Umpire Mr. Nigel Llong who rushed into dissuade Mr. Steve Smith from taking recourse to inappropriate assistance."

Virat Kohli Said

"We take our decisions on the field ourselves. We don't ask for confirmation upstairs....," adding: "I saw that happening two times when I was batting out there. I pointed it out to the umpire as well, that it's happened twice, that I've seen their players looking upstairs for confirmation, and that's why the umpire was at him.

"When he turned back the umpire knew exactly what was going on, because we observed that, we told match referee also, and the umpires, that they've been doing that for the last three days and this has to stop, because there's a line that you don't cross on the cricket field, because sledging and playing against the opponents is different, but.... I don't want to mention the word, but it falls in that bracket. I would never do something like that on the cricket field."

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