Kohli controversy: What did 'very honest' Ashwin say?

Perth, Mar 5: R Ashwin today refused to get drawn into the controversy surrounding India team-mate and vice-captain Virat Kohli over his abusive behaviour against a journalist.

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Kohli used "filthiest of language" against an Indian journalist in Perth on Tuesday (March 3). The Indian batsman, in a case of misunderstanding abused the scribe mistaking him for another reporter.

File photo: Ashwin and Kohli during a ODI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the team management supported Kohli in this row but the journalist has complained to International Cricket Council (ICC) and also the Indian cricket board demanding action against Kohli.

On the eve of India's World Cup 2015 match in Pool B against West Indies, Ashwin was asked about his personal opinion on the incident. The offspinner said, it was not in his "jurisdiction".

"Media here are here to support us. It's very heartening to see the media turn up in so many huge numbers and try to support us. But I mean, this is my take on it," Ashwin said.

"I think the media has a responsible way of taking cricket back home in a responsible fashion, taking cricket to the public in the way it needs to be taken. There are times when I'm not happy with that, but that's my opinion. But there are other times when you support the players and it's very important to take the game forward," he added.

When asked was it time to forget and move on, he said, "Honestly, I do not know what's happened. It's definitely not in my jurisdiction. I do not know what's happened. I'm very honest about it. I do not know what's happened. Having said that going forward in tomorrow's game, I think we'll give it the best and see how it goes."

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