The way Smith-Warner were escorted out from the airport hit me the hardest: Kohli
Indian captain Virat Kohli has revealed that he felt heartbroken seeing the treatment David Warner and Steve Smith got after the ball-tampering scandal.
The Aussie duo are now only few months away from completing their 1-year ban, but they had to go through all during all those months and Indian skipper has expressed his sorrow as he knows both Warner and Smith quite deeply due to the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Kohli told Adam Gilchrist in an interview on Fox Cricket:
“Well, it was sad to see. As big a thing as it became, you never want to see anyone go through that because I have known David and I have known Steve as well, Apart all the competitiveness on the field and all the battles that you have, you never want to see such a magnitude happen to two sportsmen and what happened after was, I felt, very bad. I felt like that the things happened after shouldn’t have happened.”
Kohli also revealed the treatment Smith and Warner got during their arrival at the airport has hit him the most.
“The things that hit me the hardest was the way they were received at the airports and the way they were escorted out. Those things to me felt like this is very, very hectic. It is not my place to comment on the decisions but to treat people like that for me it was unpleasant to see. I would never want to experience that as a cricketer.”
Meanwhile, Australia are suffering without their two key players as they have been hit with a close 31-run defeat against India in the first of the four-match Test series.