Kohli into bat for banned Aussies

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - ROBERT CRAD­DOCK

VI­RAT Kohli has re­vealed he was shocked by the treat­ment of Aus­tralia’s ball-tam­per­ing trio and has main­tained con­tact with David Warner dur­ing his year in ex­ile.

In an in­ter­view with Adam Gilchrist to be screened dur­ing the week­end lunch breaks of the first Test against In­dia on Fox Sports, In­dia’s cap­tain said he was chas­tened and sad­dened by the hos­tile re­ac­tion to Steve Smith, Warner and Cameron Ban­croft af­ter they were banned for ball tam­per­ing on the South African tour.

Kohli and Warner went at each other all sum­mer last time the tourists vis­ited here but Kohli has re­vealed, de­spite the on-field fric­tion, which ex­tended into Aus­tralia’s tour of In­dia last year, they have be­come closer.

“What hap­pened af­ter (Cape Town) ... I felt very bad,’’ he said.

“The things that hap­pened after­wards should not have hap­pened. The things that hit me the hardest was the way they were re­ceived at the air­ports and es­corted out.

“It is not my place to com­ment on the de­ci­sions, but to treat peo­ple like that it was un­pleas­ant to see. I would never want to ex­pe­ri­ence that.

“I have known David and Steve, and apart from the bat­tles you have on the field, you never want to see some­thing of that mag­ni­tude hap­pen to two sports­men.”

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