Ganguly supports Kohli in DRS row: Action must be taken against Smith

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Ganguly supports Kohli in DRS row: Action must be taken against Smith

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SportsCafe Desk

03/08/2017

Sourav Ganguly has come out in support of Virat Kohli at Steve Smith’s attempt to take help from the dressing room for a DRS call during the fourth and final day of the second Test in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Ganguly said action must be taken against Smith for violating the law.

"Action must be taken according to rules and laws of the game. If it's a ban it should be a ban because if the umpires themselves saw Smith infringing on DRS rules then they must report and take action. The umpires and Match referee must ensure this doesn't happen in future,” Ganguly told Aaj Tak.

Ganguly has also backed Kohli, who has come under a lot of fire from a few former Australian cricketers for his alleged act of sledging during the game, saying, "When they sledge they think it's okay but if you sledge back they call it disrespect? I have seen Australian coaches sending their men to sit in the stands and at times instructing or giving signal to their players what to do on field! That's why we started retaliating.

"Remember Sydney Test (2008), when we lost the Test due to bad umpiring by Steve Bucknor and how Australian fielders claimed wrong decisions. I was given out off a bump catch in the slips because the fielder claimed it and in those days you had to go with the word of the fielders.”

The former Indian skipper also felt there is no reasons for Kohli to be bogged down by the comments of the likes of Ian Healy, who said that he has lost his respect for Kohli after his actions on the pitch. Ganguly said, "I am with Virat, there is absolutely no need for him to get bogged down by these comments. He must realise the pressure he has built led to Australia wilting and getting bowled out for 112 here. He must stay within the rules of the game but not take anything from the other team.”

"I am with Virat, there is absolutely no need for him to get bogged down by these comments. He must realise the pressure he has built led to Australia wilting and getting bowled out for 112 here. He must stay within the rules of the game but not take anything from the other team,” Ganguly said.

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