‘It’s stupid to talk about it now,’ calm Virat Kohli steers clear of DRS row
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‘It’s stupid to talk about it now,’ calm Virat Kohli steers clear of DRS row

Virat Kohli said on Wednesday that he has moved on from the DRS fiasco during the Bangalore Test and is completely focussed on the third Test match against Australia in Ranchi.

cricket Updated: Mar 15, 2017 17:27 IST
Somshuvra Laha
Somshuvra Laha
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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Virat Kohli (R) plays football with Indian cricket teammates during a training session ahead of the third Test against Australia in Ranchi.(AFP)

A concerted effort by parts of the Australian media couldn’t tempt India cricket team captain Virat Kohli to stray from the talk of harmony and ‘moving on’ from the Bangalore Test as he chose to focus and speak on the immediate job at hand --- winning the Ranchi Test and take a lead in the series.

During the pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Kohli was specifically asked about the appropriateness of the ‘allegations’ he had made during the Bangalore Test. Kohli had accused Australia of misusing the review system at least twice.

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When the journalist elaborated on it, Kohli still insisted on the exact nature of allegation. “But what is the allegation called? It has to be called something for me to be questioning something about someone to call it an allegation,” said Virat Kohli. “If no charges were pressed against me how were they allegations?,” Kohli asked.

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When the concerned journalist again asked Kohli if he stands by his claim that Australia had crossed the line on DRS at least twice, the India captain stopped him midway.

“As I said we need to move on and focus on the game tomorrow. There are two sides of the coin. I could be speaking about it again and things are not going to move forward,” said Kohli.

“Everyone sitting here has their own interest and they choose to ask what they want to. But our focus remains on the game and we need to look forward.”

Throughout this series, Virat Kohli has been the focus of the media from both countries but the India captain doesn’t mind criticised or praised because he claims to be ‘detached’ from all that.

“It does not matter to me honestly. I don’t start a series saying focus on me, speak on me or write about me. It’s not in my control. If people choose to write about me or speak about me, that’s their choice.

“Whether it’s criticism or praise it’s all happened in the past as well. These things are detached to me. It’s their job. They are doing their job, I am doing mine.”

Kohli however indicated that he still stood by his views. When asked by another Australian reporter if he regrets anything said after the Bangalore Test, Kohli took a while before answering.

“I think about what I say. I don’t regret anything that I have said. At the same time it’s very important not to be stupid and go on about the same thing on a daily basis because there is cricket to be played. I think it was a mature decision to move on from that.

“We have seen instances in the past where things stretched too long and it just causes disharmony and there is no outcome. You will always have two sides of the coin. That just takes the focus away. It’s best interest of everyone to move on.”

Asked how he moves on from such incidents, Kohli gave a peak into his outlook. “You move on when you get attached to it. It’s not the first time in my life people have spoken about me, certainly not the last time. See I would have done few things right in my career to be given the opportunity to captain the side. As long as you’re honest to yourself, you work hard on a daily basis, you are answerable to no one.

“Everyone has their own opinion and I’m not challenging anyone’s opinion. I’m not going to hold a banner saying ‘don’t speak ill about me’. It’s fine. It’s all a part of the whole journey. You won’t play 15-16 years of international cricket without being criticised.

First Published: Mar 15, 2017 12:27 IST