India's captain Virat Kohli leads his teammates off the field after their win over Australia
India's captain Virat Kohli leads his teammates off the field after their win over Australia Aijaz Rahi

India-Australia relations take turn for the worse

CRICKET: Virat Kohli has followed up India's series levelling victory in Bangalore by launching a scathing attack on Australia where he all but accused Steve Smith and his team of cheating.

Smith admitted he was wrong to glance up at the dressing room when contemplating whether or not to lodge a DRS referral, but Kohli spat the apology back in his counterpart's face by declaring Australia had systematically resorted to the illegal practice during the Test.

Relations in the Border Gavaskar trophy are now their worst breaking point since Monkeygate, after a taunting Kohli declared the 75-run second Test triumph the sweetest of his career, while at the same time attempting to trash the reputation of the Australian dressing room.

During an at times vitriolic attack to match his aggressive on-field behaviour, which should result him being fined by the ICC, Kohli also slammed Ian Healy for labelling him disrespectful and attempted to belittle the Australians for believing they could cut off "the head off the snake" and silence India.

Smith put his hand up and said he had a "brain fade" at the height of Australia's collapse chasing 188 for victory in Bangalore, but vehemently refuted Kohli's suggestions that the Australians had used the practice systematically during the contest.

Match referee Chris Broad told The Daily Telegraph after play that the only time umpires were aware of Australians looking up to the box during DRS was the Smith incident, effectively scuppering Kohli's irate suggestion that he had previously made umpires aware.

 

India's Ishant Sharma reacts after bowling a delivery to Australia's captain Steven Smith,
India's Ishant Sharma reacts after bowling a delivery to Australia's captain Steven Smith, Aijaz Rahi

The official BCCI twitter account also attacked Australia by joking that the DRS is the "Dressing Room Review System".

"I saw that two times happening when I was batting out there," Kohli said.

"I pointed it out to the umpires and twice I have seen their players looking up there for information and that's why I was adamant.

"When (Smith) turned back that's why the umpire's knew what was going on - (because) we told the umpires they had been doing that for the last three days and that had to stop.

"There are lines you don't cross on the cricket field (sledging) is different. I won't mention the word but it falls into that bracket.

"I would never do something like that on the field."

 

India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Australia's David Warner
India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Australia's David Warner Aijaz Rahi

Asked if that word was "cheating" Kohli said "I didn't say that you did".

Smith - who is unlikely to face punishment for that incident because umpire Nigel Llong jumped in - said he was guilty of poor sportsmanship, but said Australia did not have a system of cheating in place.

"I was looking up at our boys, I shouldn't have done that, it was a bit of a brain fade," he said.

"It's the first time it's happened."

Kohli said the controversy-laden victory which is likely to result in multiple fines being handed down by the match referee was the sweetest of his career, as India fought back from an 87-run first innings deficit to spark an Australian tail-end collapse of 6-11 which ended the second Test in a hurry on day four to send the teams to Ranchi next week locked at 1-1.

"Until now this is the best one. It was an emotional game for us, quite draining as well," he said.

"A lot of people (Nathan Lyon for one) were talking about the head of the snake but I think the snake did pretty well by itself so it's not just about one individual here.

"I'm pretty happy if they keep focusing on the head of the snake. The snake can still strike from a lot of directions here. Some people need to keep that in mind but by far sweetest Test victory for us."

News Corp Australia

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