Kohli into bat for banned Aussies
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.”