Well, just a day before the much-awaited Ranchi Test between India and Australia, the verbal duels have kickstarted between skippers of the two teams. Steven Smith, captain of Australia, have accused Virat Kohli of talking “absolute rubbish” concerning the DRS controversy.
Smith told reporters on eve of the Ranchi Test, “Virat obviously stuck by his comments. From my point of view they are completely wrong. I obviously came out of the game and said I made a mistake.”
However, Kohli, on his part, has said he does not regret saying anything that he has said and “it’s very important not to be stupid and go on about the same thing on a daily basis.”
Well, what if the charges were reversed and India or any of their players were accused of ‘cheating’ regarding the use of DRS. How former or current Indian players would have reacted to the allegations. Well, Cricwizz takes a humourous look at ways current and former Indian players would have laughed off the ‘cheating’ allegation.
Virender Sehwag: The King of Twitter would have taken to the micro-blogging site and made a witty comment to blast the cheating allegations. He would have tweeted, “Alleging cheating on Indian players is similar to questioning Salman Khan of his virginity. Team India is as pure as Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes off Broad in 2007 World T20.”
Sourav Ganguly: One of India’s most successful skippers, Sourav Ganguly would have replied in his charismatic style similar to NatWest Series win in 2002. He would have quipped, “I’m ready to go shirt-less once again to prove India’s honesty…although I’m have a paunch now.”
Navjyot Singh Sidhu: Once the shy and reserved guy of Indian cricket team, Navjyot Singh Sidhu is now a popular guest on a comedy show in Television. His one-liners are as unique as his sixes during his playing days. He would have commented, “My friend, India is as clean as River Ganga…no matter how dirty it becomes…it will remain pious and holy for its devotee…thoko taali.”
Sunil Gavaskar: The former Indian opener who does commentary now puts in a lot of technical inputs in his comments during the matches. He too would threw in a lot of jargons and technicalities to confuse himself and the fans. How he would have commented on the cheating allegations regarding DRS and if an Indian player had been in place of Steven Smith? “If you see the Indian cricketer’s eyes, it was tilted towards the east where the screen is placed. The player’s eyes was looking at the screen while his head was towards the dressing room. Clearly, he is not guilty.”
Kapil Dev: The former Indian skipper was once accused of match-fixing by Manoj Prabhakar and Kapil paaji broke down in a press conference trying to defend himself. He would have commented while in tears, “Team India is innocent. Hang the said player if he is guilty.”
Sachin Tendulkar: The Indian cricketing god has played his cricket with full integrity, commitment and passion throughout his two-decade-old career. He has rarely been involved in any controversy. He would like to believe that the current Team India has the same ethics and values that it had when he retired in 2013. He would have commented, “Aila! Team India can never, will never, never ever, never think or dare of committing such an act. I have full faith on Virat Kohli and his men.”
MS Dhoni: The former Indian skipper is blessed to have a gift of gab. He has a sense of humour that is street smart which can silence any detractors and make them eat back their words. Remember how he silenced all talks about retirement during 2016 World T20 inviting a foreign journalist to answer the question himself. Well, what Dhoni would have said to defend the allegation?
“Over a decade of successful captaincy and as many as six Fairplay awards in IPL, I don’t think cheating exists in my dictionary. If I am accused of something like this, I would have or my players would have taken out a dagger and killed me or themselves (Remember MS Dhoni’s comment: Virat Kohli took out a knife and stabbed Shikhar Dhawan.”