The third Test in Ranchi proved to be an absorbing battle between bat and ball, but focus somehow still stayed on Virat Kohli despite the India skipper not saying anything controversial at the press conference on Monday.
It started with Australia captain Steve Smith alleging that Kohli was having a go at him for disrespecting Indian physio Patrick Farhart in the field.
Farhat was one of the people responsible for Kohli’s rapid recovery from a shoulder strain suffered due to a fielding injury in the Test. “Virat was having a go at me saying I was disrespecting Patrick Farhart. He did a terrific job to get Virat out on the field. He’s a terrific physio,” said Smith after the third Test.
Smith says didn’t mock Kohli
Smith also expressed disappointment at being accused of mocking Kohli’s injury by grabbing his shoulder, as was shown in a footage which did the rounds during the Test. “I was a bit disappointed. I didn’t actually do anything,” said Smith, adding that despite all the controversy, the series is being played in the right spirit.
“There’s always a little bit of tension when Australia and India are playing in Test matches. As far as I’m concerned, it’s being played in the right spirit on the field. It’s been a tough, hard grind. That’s how I’d explain it. I have no issue with that,” said Smith.
When Kohli walked in for the press conference, he hadn’t been asked anything about any of the controversies stemming from the shoulder clutching incident. Glenn Maxwell actually was the first to be seen clutching his shoulder and putting in a dive at the boundary like Kohli did to stop the ball.
Kohli responds after Warner’s dismissal
Kohli gave it back after David Warner was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja at the fag end of the fourth day. The first question that came from the Australian media was on that. Kohli, who had been answering questions on cricketing issues until then, was taken aback a bit.
“It’s funny all our guys ask about cricket and the first thing you ask about is something controversial,” Kohli told the journalist.
“But it’s okay. These things happen on the field. Four or five of them started taking Patrick’s name. I don’t know why. He’s our physio. His job is to treat me. I don’t find the reason behind it. I could not understand. You must ask him (Smith) why they have started taking his name,” said Kohli.