First Steve Smith ‘cheated’. Then Virat Kohli called him out on it. Then the BCCI complained to the ICC. But overnight, India’s cricket body– sometimes referred to as the most powerful cricket board in the world– decided to mend fences and withdrew their complaint.
More back and forth went down between Bangalore and Ranchi, and now the teams are in Dharamsala. The Aussies clearly saved the best for last though: a newspaper likened Virat to Donald Trump and Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland too jumped in the mix, saying “I am not sure he knows how to spell the word” when asked if Virat should be made to say sorry to Smith.
All that background explained, there is now a fresh voice in the Indian column that’s giving it back to the travelling party.
Former BCCI President Anurag Thakur has lashed out at the BCCI in a series of tweets, saying it is the board that let the skipper and the team down by agreeing to a ‘truce’ with Cricket Australia.
Anurag ThakurDISGRACEFUL behaviour by Australian media & Cricket Australia officials in the way they are talking about a legend of the game Virat Kohli. What sort of ‘truce’ was this? BCCI compromised the integrity of their Team India captain Virat and did not stand by their players & team.