IPL spot-fixing scandal hurt Indian cricket's image: Virat Kohli tells NDTV

Virat Kohli has conceded that the IPL spot-fixing controversy tarnished Indian cricket's image but their subsequent triumph in Champions Trophy was a strong reply to the world. Also says Sachin's possible retirement may bring tears to his eyes.

updated: October 01, 2013 20:48 IST
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New Delhi: India and Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman Virat Kohli admitted on Tuesday that the spot-fixing scandal in this year's Indian Premier League tarnished the country's image greatly.

Speaking to NDTV in an exclusive interview, the 24-year-old said that cricket in India had taken a severe hit because of three national players, representing Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, being accused of spot-fixing. "Indian cricket's image has taken a hit because of the IPL scandal. Very disheartening to hear that three Indian cricketers were involved in scandal," he said. S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were the main accused when Delhi Police alleged that they were involved in scrupulous activities before, during and after matches. The players since received varying bans from the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

While many questioned BCCI's ability to check the menace of spot-fixing, the spotlight was fixed firmly on the national players. Kohli however said that their subsequent triumph in England was a strong message. "Champions Trophy win was a reply to IPL scandal damaging Indian cricket's image. The way we played was a strong reply. (But) We don't really talk about these things (controversies off the field) in the dressing room. Our focus is always on playing good cricket," he said. The Indian team delivered strong performances in the tournament, held just 10 days after the final match of IPL. And Kohli was one of the highlights once again. (Also see: Kohli's new 'eyebrow cut')

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