Anurag Thakur Takes Potshots At BCCI Over Handling of Kohli-Smith Affair

Ross Houston
March 23, 2017

If the pitch remains as is it will be a major boost to Australia's hopes of recording their second Test series win in India since 1969. "You must ask why they have started taking his name", Kohli said at post match press conference.

Bhogle said it was time the media stopped fanning the flames before lasting damage was done to Test cricket.

Recently, a major section of Australian media have also repeatedly attacked Kohli, most recently calling him the "Donald Trump of the sporting world".

It also got the Australian cricket media's goat. "What Virat did, even (Steven) Smith would have".

Farhart, who worked tirelessly on Kohli's shoulder after he strained it on day one, remains friends with many members of Australia's Test side.

"Bowling in a 50-over game is one thing, but five-day cricket is a different ball game", a BCCI official in the know said.

Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood says India captain Virat Kohli is feeling the heat ahead of the winner-takes-all fourth Test in Dharamsala. "I find it quite amusing and am sure Virat will also find it quite amusing", Clarke told India Today.

The players that come from the continent down under are made of the hard stuff, with that winning mentality dripping down from Allan Border to Steve Waugh to Ricky Ponting to Michael Clarke and now to Steve Smith. I don't know Donald Trump, never met him, but I know Virat Kohli. I think the whole Indian team has [felt pressure], and probably the skipper more so. "The Indian captain is a law unto himself with no one - not even the ICC or his own board - holding him accountable for his continual perpetuation of fake news", read the article. From star batsman Kohli being infuriated by Smith as he sought the advice of his dressing room while contemplating a DRS, the sport of cricket is churning controversy every day. Smith had admitted one such incident, blaming brain fade for that, but refused to accept he did it a few times.

While the normally prolific Kohli has managed to score just 46 runs in the first three Tests, Pujara has been in outstanding form for India and hit a double century in the last Test in Ranchi. With a bandaged right shoulder, Kohli took part in the customary warm-up.

Reading the headlines and the analyses and the comments and the "outrage" for an Indian doing what Australian players have done time and time and time and time again, is comedy gold.

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