India in Australia 2015-16 January 28, 2016

Kohli's Adelaide send-off 'not on' - Smith

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Steven Smith on Virat Kohli's celebrations in Adelaide: 'I don't think you need to do that kind of thing when someone gets out' © Getty Images

Australia's Steven Smith doesn't think the send-off he got from India's Virat Kohli, after being dismissed in the first T20 on Tuesday night, has a place on the cricket field. While it's okay to have a bit of "banter" going around the field, Smith said, the kind of aggression Kohli showed was not needed.

"I don't think you need to do that kind of thing when someone gets out," Smith told Fox Sports. "It's fine to have a little bit of banter when you're out in the field, but when someone's out I don't really think that's on. He gets pretty emotional out there, doesn't he?"

Kohli was fielding at cover when he took the catch to dismiss Smith for 21 off Ravindra Jadeja's bowling in Adelaide and gave the batsman a long, animated send-off. Smith was connected to a microphone at the time and had been conducting an interview with Channel Nine commentators during the over, and Kohli's gestures seemed to refer to that.

India offspinner R Ashwin played down the incident, saying it was "probably a personal battle" between Kohli and Smith. He also added that Kohli's competitive streak was beneficial for the Indian dressing room. Kohli had also earlier exchanged words with Australia's allrounder James Faulkner during the ODI series.

"It's probably a personal battle between those two of them," Ashwin said. "I think both of them are very good competitors. They know what they're doing, they don't go down without a fight. It's good to have such competition on the field. Both of them are champion cricketers. I think it just adds to the spice of the game so I don't mind it at all."

Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya, who made his international debut in Adelaide, received an official reprimand for his celebrations after he dismissed Chris Lynn in the 16th over of Australia's chase. Pandya's Level 1 breach of article 2.1.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel relates to: "Using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batsman upon his/her dismissal during an International Match."

The charge was leveled by on-field umpires Simon Fry and John Ward, third umpire Paul Wilson and fourth umpire Gerard Abood. Pandya admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Jeff Crowe.

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  • kriketluva on February 4, 2016, 21:20 GMT

    LOL @ aussies. Boy they sure can dish it out but can't take it when they get it back. They run to the umpire. Old Chinese proverb: those who dish it out must take back what they dish out. What about what goes on on the field stays there and buying your opponent a beer.

  • ns1000 on February 1, 2016, 0:10 GMT

    Kohli would be the ideal captain in all formats if he calms down a bit. None of the other players on the team act like he does and he needs to change his attitude if he is to lead this country for a long time. He is such a talent and should keep things in perspective. There have been too many instances where he stares at umpires needlessly which doesn't bode well on him I think.

  • john_bnsa on January 31, 2016, 23:01 GMT

    talk about double standards. 2015 wc with Faulkner/haddin, Mcgrath/Sarwan incident. when the tables are turned the heat cant be taken.

  • sanjayvb on January 31, 2016, 22:59 GMT

    So when does Steve suggest it (banter ) should done When batsmen are on the field. ?

  • Distant_Observer on January 31, 2016, 21:21 GMT

    EDWIND ON JANUARY 31, 2016, 13:48 GMT - "3 words - Pot. Kettle. Black."

    Yes, every supporter, Indian and otherwise, who has decried Australia's perceived poor sportsmanship only to now worship a player who displays the same characteristics.

  •   Sat Ghosh on January 31, 2016, 12:01 GMT

    Thank you Australia for establishing a veteran Indian Cricket Team (except Kohli, Rohit and Jadeja most of them are either out of form or almost retired) is sufficient to brownwash your national team

  • buda81 on January 31, 2016, 7:59 GMT

    Can someone supporting Smith's comment please explain regarding the article http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/story/857825.html. As per their coach giving a sendoff is part of their plan in the world cup. See who is complaining now.

  • robertdothenry on January 31, 2016, 7:26 GMT

    Steve Smith... what a tool! Doesn't like it when India plays the game 'the Australian way'... Poor baby!

  • lesleyCric on January 31, 2016, 7:26 GMT

    I saw the replays and smith was just disrespectful and kohli was within his rights completely. You cant be commentating in a game your supposed to be playing.

  •   Mike Te Maipi on January 31, 2016, 0:01 GMT

    Regarding posts from DEXTERDOUGLAS ON JANUARY 29 and MANISHV ON JANUARY 29. Couldn't agree with you more. As they say, it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt or in this case until the 'banter' given by the opposition is seen as 'stepping over the mark'. Reminds me of the bully getting a dose of his own medicine.

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