India vs Australia 2017, Fourth Test, Dharamshala: On the eve of the fourth Test, Indian captain Virat Kohli was asked to comment on Australian media calling him “Donald Trump of world sport”. Kohli, who criticised Steve Smith’s DRS-gate very strongly after the second Test in Bangalore, said that if criticising him sells Australian media’s news then he wishes good luck to them.
“I have always stuck by the right things. Always done the right thing, always said what I wanted to because I feel it is right. I have no regrets about it. I have nothing to go back and change. The only thing — I am surprised so many people are getting affected by just one individual, so good luck to them. If it’s selling their news, good luck to them.”
Virat Kohli also said that this kind of criticism has never mattered to him and he has faced a lot of this in his career.
“It’s something that’s happening on the outside (world). What I try to do is look inside as to what are the things I need to improve on as a cricketer and as a person, what my teammates and close people think of me. These things (criticism) do not matter to me so much. They have never mattered. I have faced this initially in my career, I have faced this many times before.”
“See as cricketers, you understand exactly what goes on – during a series, in the game, on the field. I am sure those guys can relate to it. Everyone’s doing their jobs. If they (Australian media) want to write something good or bad, it’s your own personal choice. I am not going to sit here and say write good things about me or bad things about me. It’s your own choice. Everyone has their own conscience to sleep with at night and same applies for everyone.”