Indian skipper Virat Kohli opened about Steve Smith and David Warner’s ball-tampering incident, following which the two Australian internationals face a lot of flak and scrutiny from media and fans alike. Kohli said that the whole incident was sad to see and nobody deserves to go through the same.

Speaking to Fox Sports Australia, Kohli said, “Well, it was sad to see.”

“As big a thing as it became, you never want to see anyone go through that because I have known David and I have known Steve as well.

“Apart all the competitiveness on the field and all the battles that you have, you never want to see such a magnitude happen to two sportsmen and what happened after was, I felt, very bad. I felt like that the things happened after shouldn’t have happened,” Kohli said.

Smith was left in tears in the interview, when he apologised to Cricket Australia and the fans. Kohli also said he had not precisely spoken to the two accused cricketers at that time.

“But after that event, from then on and before, I’ve always been in touch with David. Me and him get along really well, so I’ve always been in touch with him. He’s always nice and sends me texts after games and he’s been very kind to me.

“It takes two people to break a barrier – which might be created on the field – and he’s been more than welcoming in that regard and I have reciprocated in the same way,” Kohli added.

(Quotes credits – Fox Sports Australia)