There are lines you don’t cross on the cricket field: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: BCCI)

The Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed unhappiness over opposition skipper Steve Smith’s unethical act of looking at the dressing room before deciding the referrals in the just concluded 2nd Test at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. Virat Kohli was quite upfront in exhibiting his frustration in the post-match press conference. He felt that signalling towards the dressing room for information goes against the rules of cricket.

“I saw that two times happening when I was batting out there,” Kohli said. Further, he did not shy away from adding that he noticed that happen on all three days of the match and made the umpires aware of the scenes instantly. Throughout the Test, Kohli had a go at the visiting players exchanging heated words and forcing the umpires to intervene.


“I pointed it out to the umpires and twice I have seen their players looking up there for information and that’s why I was adamant. When he turned back that’s why the umpires knew what was going on, we told the umpires they had been doing that for the last three days and that had to stop.”

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A furious Kohli hinted that Australia crossed their limits on the field and that the Indian side would have never done anything similar.

“There are lines you don’t cross on the cricket field (inaudible) is different, but I won’t mention the word but it falls into that bracket. I would never do something like that on the field.” Kohli continued.

When asked if he wants to convey a message that the Australians were cheating, a very straightforward reply came from the other end – “I didn’t say that. You did.”

While Kohli’s frustration is justified, it is time for him to revel in the dramatic and unexpected win. Meanwhile, we can expect Steve Smith to not cross the lines when the two cricketing rivals take on each other in the third Test in Ranchi.