Indian skipper Virat Kohli revealed that he doesn’t want to experience what the banned duo of Steve Smith and David Warner went through, in the aftermath of the Newland’s saga. While the absence of David Warner and Steven Smith presents the Indian team with an opportunity to win a series Down Under for the first time ever.
Kohli admitted that he himself did not know how and where to draw the line, he sympathized with his Australian counterparts.
“What happened after (Cape Town) … I felt very bad,’’ Kohli said in an interview with former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist.
“The things that happened afterwards should not have happened. The things that hit me the hardest was the way they were received at the airports and escorted out. 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.”
“I have known David and Steve and apart from the battles you have on the field you never want to see something of that magnitude happen to two sportsmen.”
“It was sad to see to be honest. As bigger thing as it became you never want to see anyone go through that. After that event I have always been in touch with David. Me and him get along very well. He has been very kind to me.’’
While this marked the first instance of Kohli speaking about the banned duo, he revealed that he was in constant touch with David Warner and despite of the on-field duels he has had with Warner as well as Smith, it was saddening to see the way they were treated.