The BCCI has dismissed claims that India captain Virat Kohli reportedly told his counterpart Tim Paine that he was only Australia’s ‘stand-in captain’ during the second Test in Perth.
The two skippers had a heated chat out on the field on day four of the Test that the Aussies eventually went on to win by 146 runs to level the four-match series at 1-1.
Stump microphones picked up plenty of words between the opposing captains when Paine was batting in Australia’s second innings with umpire Chris Gaffaney having to intervene.
Gaffaney told the players at the time: “That’s enough, play the game. You boys are the captains. Play the game.”
Paine responded to the official, saying: “There’s no swearing. We’re just having a conversation.”
But Gaffaney reminded the skippers of their roles. “You’re the captain, Tim.”
Now some Australian media publications are reporting that Kohli made a comment to Paine about his status as Australia’s Test captain.
However, the BCCI issued a statement on Tuesday defending their skipper.
The statement read: “There are reports doing the rounds in the media and across social media platforms claiming India captain Virat Kohli got involved in a banter with Australia Captain Tim Paine during the 2nd Test at Perth.
“It is ‘assumed’ that Kohli said, ‘I am the best player in the world and you are just a stand-in captain’.
“These claims were based on hearsay and the BCCI would like to bring into notice that no such words were spoken on the field by the Indian captain.
“The BCCI got a clarification from the team management about the incident and would like to classify the reports as baseless.”
When speaking to reporters after the game, Kohli insisted that he did not cross any line when speaking to Paine on the field.
“As long as there’s no swearing out there on the field, and there’s no personal attacks, the line doesn’t get crossed,” Kohli said.
Paine also played down the incident, however, he did go on to say that his team were “not going to sit back and be walked all over”.
The Australia skipper added: “I think we’re finding a really good balance in that sense, so I’m really happy with the way we’re going about it.”
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