Brain fade incident: BCCI backs Virat Kohli, goes into a full blown battle with Cricket Australia

Umpire Nigel Llong has also supported Virat Kohli who rushed to dissuade Steve Smith from taking recourse to inappropriate assistance

A day after India won the second game of the 4-match Test series against Australia in Bengaluru, skipper Virat Kohli raised allegations on the guests for hampering the ‘Decision Review System’. With criticism following from the former Australian cricketers like Ian Healy and Steve Waugh, now the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has backed the Indian skipper and has asked the International Cricket Council to take further steps on the activity of the Australian cricketers.

Apart from the national board, umpire Nigel Llong has also supported Virat Kohli who rushed to dissuade Steve Smith from taking recourse to inappropriate assistance.

In its statement, BCCI said, “After due deliberation and seeing the video replays, we steadfastly stand with the Indian Cricket Team and Captain Virat Kohli. Mr Virat Kohli is a mature and seasoned cricketer and his conduct on the field has been exemplary.”

“We have requested the ICC to take cognizance of fact that Steve Smith in his press conference admitted to ‘brain fade’ at that moment,” BCCI further said in its statement.

On the fourth day of the second Test match, the Australian skipper Steven Smith’s wicket sparked controversy. The controversy will be known as ‘brain fade’ incident as skipper Smith and Peter Handscomb tried to cheat after he was given out leg before wicket by Umesh Yadav. Before taking the review, Smith turned to the pavilion to make sure whether he should review the decision or not.

Virat Kohli noticed it and came furiously at Smith whereas Cheteshwar Pujara tried to block his view. Thankfully, Umpire Nigel Llong noticed it as well and asked Smith to leave the field immediately. The incident not only infuriated Kohli but the former players in the commentary box as well.

Later during the post-match press conference, Virat Kohli commented on the entire episode saying, “We observed that thing, told the match referee also & umpires that they have been doing this for last three days & this has to stop. There is a specific line while you play on field and you must not cross that. I would never do something like that on the field.”