India vs Australia: Why BCCI did a U-turn on the DRS controversy
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India vs Australia: Why BCCI did a U-turn on the DRS controversy

The BCCI administrators clarified that India didn’t back pedal on the DRS controversy that rocked the second India vs Australia Test in Bangalore

cricket Updated: Mar 22, 2017 23:47 IST
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HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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India cricket team captain Virat Kohli (L) celebrates with Umesh Yadav (C) and other teammates after the dismissal of Australia cricket team captain Steve Smith after the incident that triggered the DRS controversy and the famous ‘Brain Fade’ episode. (AFP)

The BCCI administrators denied that it had a mood swing on the Decision Review System (DRS) controversy during the second India cricket team vs Australia cricket team Test in Bangalore.

After skipper Virat Kohli publicly criticised Steve Smith’s multiple bid to seek dressing room support on DRS, the BCCI lodged a complaint to the International Cricket Council, only to withdraw it in less than 24 hours.

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On Wednesday, the BCCI bosses were not very eager to explain what made India back off after Virat Kohli had hinted that the Australians were cheating and trying to win unfair advantage with their reviews.

While the BCCI decided to complain, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland called the cheating charges against Smith as “outrageous.”

As matters threatened to reach a flashpoint, a meeting between BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and Sutherland quickly helped settle the issue.

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“When an altercation happens, we have to point it out. It doesn’t mean that we have to take it to the international court of justice. The Australians wanted a discussion and had some concerns too,” explained Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai.

Saying India withdrew the complaint “in the true spirit of the game,” Rai angrily denied that the BCCI made a U-turn. He even claimed that the COA “knew the Virat Kohlis more than the media knew!”

First Published: Mar 22, 2017 23:30 IST