Twitterati not pleased with Australian players mocking Virat Kohli’s injury
by Arya Author
Published - Mar 18, 2017 3:53 pm | Updated - Mar 19, 2017 12:08 pm
The ongoing India-Australia series has been full of onfield dramas and action and yet again on the 3rd day of the 3rd Test something unexpected happened which was surely not within the spirit of the game. Captain Virat Kohli who injured his right shoulder on an opening day came out to bat in his regular No.4 position after a lot of speculations surrounding his batting position. The Aussies were surely not happy to see him out in the middle and it was evident from their reactions a few overs later.
As Pujara flicked a delivery from Pat Cummins towards the mid-wicket boundary, Glenn Maxwell gave a valiant chase. He saved it inches from the boundary ropes just like Kohli did in the 1st needs and also fell on his right shoulder. He got up quickly and while moving to his fielding position he held his right shoulder as a gesture to Kohli as he had held his shoulder after the injury. It was surely unfortunate to see a rival player mocking an injured opposition player.
Yes, there is a certain amount of rivalry and animosity between the two teams but it is certainly against the spirit of the game. It was not the only time the Australians mocked Kohli as the same thing was done by Steve Smith when he caught him at slip. The message sent by the Aussie team was certainly not the correct one as it might tempt the younger generation to think that it is ok to mock a rival player when he is injured.
The Indian fans and supporters burst out their emotion on twitter with the hashtag Aussie ki Taisie doing the rounds. They were criticised by all and sundry for their unsporting gesture. It remains to be seen whether the match referee takes any action against them after letting of both Smith and Kohli for their antics in the 2nd Test.
India is currently comfortably placed at 326/5 with centurion Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin out there in the crease. The hosts will surely want to take a substantial lead going into the 2nd innings as they are aware of the fact that they will be batting 4th.
Note: Though Maxwell did mock Kohli’s injury, Smith never did. It was an optical illusion. The hand on his shoulder was that of Matt Renshaw’s after Smith had taken Kohli’s catch. His other hand was at the back of Renshaw…..
— Sachin Deshwal??? (@ISachinDeshwal) March 18, 2017
— Alia Khan. ❤ (@SRKxVirat) March 18, 2017
— Arth Shah (@ArthSha22976382) March 18, 2017
#aussiekitaisie Australia can never learn d spirit of the game…it flows frm d captain only…unfortunate to see this!!
— Kushal Aggarwal (@f683633aa387473) March 18, 2017
— Priyanka Shinde (@ImPriyankaS) March 18, 2017
— @NIRAV VAKHARIA (@nirav_am) March 18, 2017
Australians, you have lost all the respect by doing such cheap things!
SHAME ON YOU SMITH & MAXWELL
You should apologize. #AussieKiTaisie
— Alia Khan. ❤ (@SRKxVirat) March 18, 2017
You people know that without doing this kind of things you can't win the game. Aussies are so called cheaters@stevesmith49 #AussieKiTaisie
— Saurabh Shroti (@shroti_saurabh) March 18, 2017
— CHAMPIONS ???? (@SweetArshi2) March 18, 2017
#AussieKiTaisie.this thing not like mature player its lik kid Dnt insult lik that.M sure one day his carirer ends cause of injury.v se soon
— NAVI SINGH (@NAVIsin44949469) March 18, 2017
— Indian Army(Soldier) (@Andy88029) March 18, 2017
#AussieKiTaisie aus can never understand d spirit of game..nd after today smith definitely apne fans ki njr me gir gya…captain hi esa
— angel charu (@Charu8698) March 18, 2017
Aussies! u r professional guys….we Indian love u as cricketers but if u loose ur professionalism, u would loose our love #AussieKiTaisie
— Kamal Sharma? (@kamal25_sharma) March 18, 2017
#AussieKiTaisie I pray for steve smith n aussies to get well from d mental disorder they r suffering from ! Plzz learn some sporting spirit.
— Nishant Gaurav (@This_is_Nishant) March 18, 2017
— SIDDHARTH ARORA (@siddharth2430) March 18, 2017
#Aussiekitaisie Australian are very shameless, Specially Captain Smith.. Karara Jawab Milega … Sharm Karo Sharm Karo Australian Sharm Karo
— Bhanu Bhadauria (@BhanuSinghJPR) March 18, 2017
— Abhi Shar (@AbhiShar12) March 18, 2017