India’s star batsman and skipper, Virat Kohli has spoken about how he felt when he first heard the news about Steve Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft being caught in the act for the sandpaper gate in Cape Town, due to which the trio was penalized through a year's and a 9 month ban respectively, handed over by Cricket Australia (CA).
Kohli was extremely saddened with the aftermath, and watching the players being escorted out of the airports was an unpleasant site for Captain Kohli.
“What happened after … I felt very bad. 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 for me it was unpleasant to see,” Kohli was quoted saying.
Though Virat Kohli has had quite a few bust-ups of his own in the past against the Aussies and even scored most of the memorable knocks against the nation down under, Kohli still had empathy with the following players.
Kohli also shared how he’s in constant contact with David Warner ever since the incident and has termed as a “kind” individual.
“It was sad to see, to be honest. As big a thing as it became, you never want to see anyone go through that,” the ace Indian batsman added.
“Me and him (David Warner) get along very well, he has been very kind to me.”
The Australian team hasn’t been the same ever since Smith and Warner were forced aside, and have lost the bilateral series’ versus Pakistan and Australia lately.
The host nation will want to bring in some positivity in their final challenge of the year, which will carry on to January – next year, as they square off against India.
The two teams are currently contesting in the four-match Test series, with Australia being lead under Tim Paine’ captaincy.
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