Talking Point: Maxwell mocks an injured-fighting Kohli

Ruben Ruiz
March 20, 2017

The Jharkhand State Cricket Association International Stadium Complex track looked ideal for batting as Indian camp looked dispirited in absence of skipper Virat Kohli who remained away from the field, recovering from a shoulder strain.

While social media users were sure that Smith had celebrated Kohli's wicket by clutching his shoulder, the footage proved that it was Peter Handscomb's arm, who had hugged Smith while celebrating the big wicket, around his shoulder.

On Saturday, Glenn Maxwell was caught on camera mockingly pointing at his right shoulder after diving to stop a boundary at the same spot as Kohli had. But as Warner walked off, the Indian captain then started pointing at his formerly injured shoulder as part of his celebration.

Steve Smith thwarted India for the second day running as Australia posted 451 in their first innings, but the hosts' rallied to close on 120-1.

The intensity of the rivalry between the two teams has gone up several notches after the "DRS controversy" and Kohli's send off to Warner is just another chapter that shows the increasing bitterness between the two camps.

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After taking the wicket of Warner, Jadeja struck in the last over of the day as well by dismissing Lyon with a brilliant delivery.

"Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith, what example is he setting to his team? This is defying the spirit of the game". "It's fine, but not mock someone who is injured, in pain", Laxman said during tea break programme on Star Sports.

It's one thing to be aggressive and try to get under your rivals' skin but quite another to mock an injured opponent. However, Lara said that such kind of things happens to all players, irrespective of the sport they play. As far I'm concerned it's being played in the right spirit on the field and it's a hard and tough grind.

And though it was the broadcasters who had to eat humble pie, Laxman's tirade didn't go down too well with the Australian press. All the players are aware of it (Maxwell's mocking).

Despite being under an injury cloud and looking a shadow of himself at the crease, Kohli has rallied his troops to swing the tide back to India after an incredible display of discipline by Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha on day four of the third Test.

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