“To me, a newspaper article doesn’t matter over the decision of ICC. We as cricketers respect that only. And allegations and speculations? I don’t read newspapers so I’m not aware of these things, someone told me and I laughed it off. Some people are trying to take the focus away from the series – good luck to them. But we’re totally focussed on what we have to do,” Kohli said firmly.
However, the British journalist was not happy and had a leading question as a follow-up.
“(Were) you doing what Du Plessis was doing?” the journalist probed further.
“What was I doing?” was Kohli’s polite counter-query. “If I was doing something ICC would have spoken to me,” he said.
The ICC clearly stated that it’s a shut case for them as the alleged incident wasn’t reported within the prescribed five-day window which ended on November 18 as the first Test concluded on November 13.
On Thursday, India coach Anil Kumble had categorically rubbished the claims made by a South African broadcaster and picked by a British tabloid.
“We don’t give the wind to such stories and media can write whatever they want.”
Incidentally, Faf du Plessis has appealed against a 100 percent fine on match fee. Du Plessis played his finest Test knock as he scored a hundred amidst boos from the crowd on the first day of the Day/Night Test at Adelaide.