India vs Australia: Captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli believes it is better if both the sides focus on cricket and move on from the 'brain fade' controversy.
Captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli believes it is better if both the sides focus on cricket and move on from the ‘brain fade’ controversy. While addressing the media ahead of the Ranchi test, Virat said, “It is better if we move from it, in the past instances such as this has been stretched too long. We certainly don’t want to think of one issue all the time, there is cricket to be played.” He added that there are still two more games to be played and India’s focus is on the series.
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“A lot has been given into the incident. It’s time we focused on the remainder of the series. There’s a lot of cricket to be played and it should not happen in bad taste. What’s happened in Bengaluru happened in Bengaluru, we are in Ranchi and we should look forward to tomorrow,” Kohli said reestablishing the fact that cricket should stick to field. The 28-year-old batsman who has had an average series so far said, “Both teams have moved ahead from Bengaluru. I think the focus should get back on the series because the priority is here cricket. All other things happen in the background, we understand that as cricketers.”
After the win in Bengaluru Virat caused a huge controversy by commenting on Steve Smith’s act of taking help from his teammates in the dressing room over DRS. Virat didn’t call his counterpart a cheat but said it “falls in that bracket”. Since then shots have been fired from both the camps and even both the boards jumped into the controversy. However, the Indian captain said he doesn’t regret saying anything.
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“See, I think about what I say. I don’t regret anything that I’ve said. But at the same time, it’s very important not to be stupid and go on with the same thing on a daily basis because there’s cricket to be played,” he said. Virat said the team doesn’t want to overthink about the incident and wants to move on.
“It’s not the first time in my career people have spoken about me and certainly not the last time. 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 and you work hard, you are answerable to no one. Everyone has their own opinion. I’m not challenging anyone. It’s totally up to them if someone challenges me. I am not going to hold a banner saying don’t speak ill about me. It’s all part of a whole journey,” he concluded.