Twitterati not pleased with Australian players mocking Virat Kohli's injury

Twitterati not pleased with Australian players mocking Virat Kohli’s injury

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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.

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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…..