Virat Kohli crticises Australians for not playing in spirit of the game

Updated: 29 February 2012 10:56 IST

Star India batsman Virat Kohli on Tuesday lashed out at the Australian players for not playing in the spirit of the game in his side's tri-series match against the hosts at Sydney on Sunday.

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Star India batsman Virat Kohli on Tuesday lashed out at the Australian players for not playing in the spirit of the game in his side's tri-series match against the hosts at Sydney on Sunday.

The match between India and Australia at the SCG, which the latter won by 87 runs, witnessed two controversial decisions by the umpires who turned down an 'obstructing the field' appeal by the visitors against David Hussey but chose to give Sachin Tendulkar run out despite the master blaster apparently being blocked by Brett Lee on his way while completing the run.

David Hussey, meanwhile, was given not out after he stopped the ball, directed to the stumps, by his right hand as he was ruled to be protecting himself from being hit, rather than saving the stumps.

Kohli justified the appeals by his side and even claimed that David Hussey took a one-bounce catch.

"According to us, it was evident to naked eye. It was not on. It wasn't in the spirit of the game. Why shouldn't we appeal for something that's wrong. If it is in rule book, why shouldn't we appeal," said Kohli, who smashed an unbeaten 133 to guide India to an incredible seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

"There's no point. You can crib about it as much as you want, why did they claim one bounce catch. David Hussey himself claimed a catch (Kohli's in Sydney) which clearly I can see it wasn't the way. They should see themselves before pointing fingers at others. I think what we did was totally right according to us," he said.

Topics : Cricket India Australia Sri Lanka Virat Kohli India in Australia, 2011-12
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