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David Saker denies any disrespect for Virat Kohli

Australian assistant coach also defended Smith.

By Aditya Pratap Arya -

Australia’s assistant coach David Saker feels that Australians do respect Indian captain Virat Kohli, despite his allegation for his counterpart Steve Smith.

The controversy started after Virat Kohli informed the on-field umpire Nijel Llong about Smith taking help from dressing room whether to take DRS for his lbw dismissal or not in the second Test match at Bengaluru. At the post-match press conference, Smith admitted that it was a ‘Brain Fade’ from him and he won’t do this again.

“We've never done anything like that and we never will. It's pretty much absurd I think. When Steven Smith did look up, we were more horrified than anyone else because we'd never seen that before,” Saker said.

He added, “We haven't got any elaborate sign system and when he did do that it was quite a surprise to us.”

International Cricket Council did not take any legal action against Smith and left all this after saying that Match Referee will bring both captains together before Ranchi Test just to remind them their duties as captain.

Former England bowling coach said, “We respect him as a player, he's an amazing player and his passion and the way he wanted to get his team up was quite evident out on the ground.”

The 50-year-old concluded while saying “There are times when you think he might have crossed the line, but a lot of teams have done that, and leaders have done that.”

As India won Bengaluru Test by 75 runs,  the series is in balance for both teams before two remaining matches in this series. Teams will travel to Ranchi for the third Test commencing from 16 March.

Aditya Pratap Arya

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