Virat Kohli Shrugs Off Injury Fears, Bats At No.4

Mar 19, 2017, 00:55
Virat Kohli Shrugs Off Injury Fears, Bats At No.4

It's one thing to be aggressive and try to get under your rivals' skin but quite another to mock an injured opponent.

Virat Kohli allayed all doubts about injury concerns that were raised on Thursday after the India captain got hurt while fielding on against Australia in the third Test match being played at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.

It was followed by Glenn Maxwell mimicking Kohli's injury at the boundary ropes.

Interestingly, that is the same place where Kohli had injured himself while chasing a Peter Handscomb shot.

If you thought of dismissing it as one-off, or a brain-fade moment as Australia may put it, you were in for another such act by the visiting team.

Australian players in doing so proved themselves, liars, as they said before the Test series that they would not be poking Kohli.

In reply, Rahul (67) showed resolve against a probing Australian pace attack before falling to Pat Cummins on a sharp rising delivery that got the batsman's gloves for an easy catch to the wicketkeeper. Since picking up a shoulder injury on Day 1, Kohli has not taken to the field in the third Test.

Luckily or unluckily, a video emerged wherein Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina mocking an injured Shane Watson in 2013.

Earlier in the day, former India batsman VVS Laxman slammed the Aussies for crossing the line.

Smith and Kohli agreed to improve their respective teams' behaviour. That's very disappointing. You can sledge.

"You play the game a hard way but the spirit of the game should be there".

Criticism of Smith intensified after host broadcaster Star Sports aired a segment during the tea break where Laxman unloaded on Smith for "defying the spirit of the game".

"Lots of things are happening", Vijay said. "We have a match in hand so we've got to go close to their target (total) and that's what is running in our heads, in the dressing room".

"All the players are aware of it (Maxwell's mocking)".

"There's going to be a second innings, so if they can take it that way, it would be great."