While on one side Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket board are stressing on the need to ‘move on’ from the DRS controversy involving Steve Smith, the Aussie skipper himself seems far from done talking about the subject.
Speaking to the media on the eve of the third fixture of the four-Test series, Smith rubbished his opposite number’s allegations that he cheated more than once while taking Decision Review System (DRS) calls in Bangalore.
Steve Smith, Captain - AustraliaFrom my point of view I think they’re completely wrong. I obviously came out after the game and said I made a mistake and it was an error on my behalf, it was a brain fade. In regard to saying we do it consistently, that’s complete rubbish in my opinion. I think he was wrong in his statement.
The BCCI, on their part, had filed an official complaint with ICC against Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb and their involvement in the matter. However, after talks with Cricket Australia, they withdrew the complain, saying both boards had decided to put the focus back on cricket.
Speaking to the media on the issue in his pre-match press conference, Virat Kohli stated he had no regrets about what he had said after the Bengaluru game, but added that the team wanted to move focus to the series.
Virat Kohli, Captain-IndiaA lot has been given into the incident. It’s time we focused on the remainder of the series. There’s lot of cricket to be played and it should not happen in bad taste. What’s happened in Bengaluru happened in Bengaluru, we are in Ranchi and we should look forward to tomorrow.
Smith, after clarifying his stand regarding Kohli’s allegations, said that there was no animosity anymore from his side.
Steve Smith, Captain - AustraliaNot from my point of view... Yeah, it’s about moving on and concentrating on this Test here. It’s been a great series so far, the cricket that’s been played, and hopefully cricket can be the winner out here in the Test match. It’s an exciting one, one-all in the series, half way through the series. We’re all excited about this Test and hopefully it can be a good one.
Both captains are slated to be brought together for a meeting in front of match referee Richie Richardson before the start of the Test.