Virat Kohli believes that if his conscience is clear, there is no harm in standing by what he feels is right.
A section of the Australian media had taken on the Indian captain on behalf of its cricket team, with wide ranging comments from "leader of snakes" to comparing him to the US President Donald Trump. All these for his critical comments about Steve Smith s DRS Brain Fade and later allegations of Australian fielders making fun of India physio Patrick Farhart.
Asked about how he has been able to manage the roller coaster ride of emotions, Kohli s reply was matter of fact but with a tinge of sarcasm in it.
"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," Kohli said without referring to a section of Australian media and former players, who have been relentlessly critical of him.
For Kohli, what matters most is what his teammates think of him.
"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."