Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland today took a dig at Virat Kohli, saying he is not sure if the Indian captain knows hot spell the “sorry” word.
“Look I am not sure he knows how to spell the word,” Sutherland said on a radio chat with Australian channel Fiveaa.
Sutherland’s insulting response came when the radio jockey asked him whether Kohli should apologise to rival captain Steven Smith for questioning his integrity in the second Test in Bengaluru.
Kohli had stopped short of calling Smith a cheat after the Australian captain sought dressing room’s advice for a DRS call, triggering off a major controversy.
Sutherland, who had called Kohli’s “cheating” claims as outrageous before striking truce with the BCCI, hopes the hostilities between the two teams end post the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala.
“After the end of this long and cut-throat series, lets hope the boys from both teams get together and have a bit of a laugh. I know they are going to spend a lot of time together in the IPL, so I am sure if it doesn’t happen after Dharamsala Test, it will happen during the IPL,” Sutherland said.
Sections of Australia media have repeatedly attacked Kohli, most recently calling him the “Donald Trump of the sporting world”.
An article in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ not only criticised Kohli for his unsubstantiated claims but also expressed disappointment that neither the BCCI nor the ICC has taken any action against him.
“VIRAT Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport,” read the article.
“Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face.”
“The Indian captain is a law unto himself with no one not even the ICC or his own board holding him accountable for his continual perpetuation of fake news.”
The ongoing series had seen a lot of off field fireworks with Kohli saying Steve Smith repeatedly took help from his dressing room while taking DRS decisions.
Smith had admitted one such incident, blaming brain fade for that, but refused to accept he did it more than once.
During the third Test Kohli had celebrated David Warner’s dismissal by clutching his shoulder, apparently retaliating Smith mocking his shoulder injury.
The article claimed no such footage was available and official broadcaster had actually apologised to Smith for their part in spreading claims he mocked Kohli s shoulder injury.
“In fact television footage clearly showed it was a teammate s hand on Smith s shoulder as players embraced to celebrate the fall of Kohli s wicket,” the article read.
The newspaper was disappointed that no action was taken against Kohli.
“Surprise, surprise though, the man who last week launched a scandalous attack on Smith and the Australians where he accused of them being systematic cheats, refused to apologise or provide any concrete evidence in his post-match press conference. This despite the relative diplomacy shown by his superiors at the BCCI.”
(With PTI inputs)