Maxwell mocks Kohli as the banter continues

Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell

Despite being out of action for most of the Test, Virat Kohli continues to be one of the most talked about players of the match because of the injury incident which took place on the first day of the match.

Kohli, in this series so far, has scores of 0, 13, 12, 15 and 16 - his second lowest five-innings run in Tests. Staggering up from the dive, Kohli had clutched his shoulder - an action that would become the fodder for the on-field folly that would follow.

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.

With over 2000 runs in the first-class season, he has not been given enough credit for his performances and like Kohli said, people need to start taking notice of what he's done.

But Kohli's stay was short-lived after he was caught by his opposite number Steve Smith at second slip off fast bowler Pat Cummins for six.

Yesterday, Maxwell had saved a run for his team after chasing the ball all the way to the ropes and followed that up by mocking Kohli by holding his shoulder while grinning the entire time.

Smith didn't try to prevent Handscomb from doing so.

India and Australia will have all to play for in the final Test of the series which will take place in Dharamsala from 25-29th March. During the tea session, Laxman said on the Star Sports coverage, "Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith, what example is he setting to his team?" That's very disappointing. You can sledge.

"You play the game a hard way but the spirit of the game should be there". And it is then that he launched into a diatribe that got him a lot of flak from the Australian media in particular, especially when he happened to bring up the case of the late Philip Hughes while pulling up Smith for having defied the "spirit of the game". "We have a match in hand, we have to go close to the target - these are things running in our heads in the dressing room", Vijay said of the unwarranted gesture by Maxwell. While Maxwell did mock the captain, Steven Smith did not, that was clarified by Cricket Australia footage.

"Pujara was rock-solid - hopefully he can put up a good show tomorrow [Sunday] as well, it will be great for us in the first session".

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