Virat Kohli blasts Aussies for lack of spirit

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Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 15:41 [IST]
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Kohli slams Aussies for lack of spirit

Hobart, Feb 29: Indian batsman Virat Kohli on Tuesday slammed Australian players for not playing in the spirit of the game in his side's tri-series match against the hosts in Sydney on Sunday.

Australia beat India by 87 runs to enter the finals of the tri-series. David Warner termed India as 'desperate' after the game witnessed two controversial decisions by the umpires who turned down 'obstructing the field' appeal by the visitors against David Hussey and Brett Lee.

David Hussey had blocked a throw from Suresh Raina heading towards the stumps, he was given not out.

Sachin Tendulkar was blocked by Brett Lee which led to the veteran being run-out by David Warner.

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 led India to a seven-wicket win by scoring a career best unbeaten 133 runs against 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 (about Kohli himself 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.


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