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Kohli gets candid about controversial dismissal, banter exchange

December 18, 2018 13:41 IST
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'But I will say that Australia played better cricket than us and they played more consistently. That's why then won the match. Beyond that, I don't think I need to over-analyse this game'

Australia captain Tim Paine is congratulatd by Virat Kohli after the match 

IMAGE: Australia captain Tim Paine is congratulatd by Virat Kohli after the match. As long as there is no swearing on the field, and there's no personal attacks, the line doesn't get crossed, says Kohli. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

India captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday said there was no swearing or personal attacks during his verbal duel with Australian skipper Tim Paine and no line was crossed in the second Test here.

The second Test, which India lost by 146 runs, turned out to be a heated affair with Kohli and Paine engaging in a never-ending war of words, which even prompted umpire Chris Gaffaney to step in on the fourth morning on Monday.

 

"Well, it is definitely nothing compared to 2014 to be honest," said Kohli referring to the 2014 Test series where he was engaged in heated exchanges with some Australian players.

"As long as there is no swearing on the field, and there's no personal attacks, the line doesn't get crossed. That's it!.

"But look, in competitive spirit it stays on the field. I am not going to go into details but to be honest it's not of importance for me to speak on and it's something that's done," he said after India were dismissed for 140 in the second innings.

Kohli had scored a 123 in the first innings but his dismissal of a controversial catch in the first innings came under scrutiny but the Indian skipper simply shrugged off any suggestions that he had expressed displeasure at the soft signal.

"I don't think I showed any displeasure at the dismissal at all. Appeal was made on call and that's it. It was done, Australia played better cricket than us and they deserved to win," he said.

Kohli credited Australia for outplaying India, saying his batsman failed to come up with the goods, especially in the second innings.

"In the second innings, I thought we couldn't apply ourselves as much as we should have. In the first innings, we were committed and fully determined in our batting effort and there was no shortage of that," Kohli told reporters.

"But I will say that Australia played better cricket than us and they played more consistently. That's why then won the match. Beyond that, I don't think I need to over-analyse this game, we are still in a very good space. If we show greater composure, we can repeat what we did in Adelaide.

"We are looking forward to Melbourne now. This Test match is done, the series is poised well and both teams have played good cricket. I think everyone should look forward to that ... our focus is definitely on MCG Test," he added.

Kohli said there was never a lack of belief even when they were 112/5 at stumps on day 4 chasing 287 to win.

"... cricket is a game of variables, you can't win every time. But there was definitely no sense of lack of belief," he said.

"Even with Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari overnight, they believed that they can get big partnership and win us the game. So, I think the belief is very important to have."

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