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Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith banter adds fuel to fiery India vs Australia Day 4

After the two rival captains clashed verbally in the first innings of the second India vs Australia Test, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith briefly came together soon after the Australia skipper came in to bat in the Bangalore Test.

cricket Updated: Mar 07, 2017 18:33 IST
N. Ananthanarayanan
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Virat Kohli chat with Steve Smith during day four of the second Test between India and Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday. (BCCI)

India skipper Virat Kohli had been seen as too aggressive by the Australia camp, following words exchanged between him and counterpart Steve Smith on Day 3 of the second Test. (INDIA vs AUSTRALIA LIVE)

Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli had been seen as too aggressive by the Australia camp, following words exchanged between him and counterpart Steve Smith on Day 3 of the second Test.

There was a brief repeat episode on Tuesday as the Australia skipper arrived at the crease and spent a few edgy early moments against pacer Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.

The Australian captain was given a send off after Umesh Yadav trapped Smith LBW with an ankle-high delivery.

The Indians didn’t seem too happy when Smith mulled a review. Australia, chasing 188 for a win on a difficult wicket, were 74 for 4 when Smith left.

Ishant Sharma making monkey faces at Steve Smith during the Australian first innings had gone viral, but the bowler was his calmer self this time. But some words seemed to have still said on the field.

At the end of one Ishant over, the bowler walked away but Smith walked up to Virat Kohli, walking in from first slip, exchanging words. The umpire was soon there and the two walked away.

Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin celebrate the wicket of David Warner in Bangalore on Tuesday. (BCCI)

India versus Australia cricket matches have been high-pressure affairs and seen plenty of skirmishes on the field over the years.

After the match, a dejected Smith refused to read much into it.

“Australia and India playing there are always emotions flying around. As long it’s kept on the field, that’s all good. Some interesting banter between the two oppositions. I think it makes for a great contest.

“Me and Virat were just having a chat out there. Not much in it. Just a bit of fun, a bit of banter. These are things that happen in the game. It’s nice to occasionally engage in such conversations on the field and it was all in good fun.

“Emotions sometimes get the better of you on the field but I don’t think anyone crossed the line.”

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