It was seen that Steven Smith was looking towards the dressing room before going for the review against India during 2nd Test, which was against the DRS laws © IANS
It was seen that Steven Smith was looking towards the dressing room before going for the review against India during 2nd Test, which was against the DRS laws © IANS

The second Test of the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 between India and Australia at Bengaluru was an eventful one. India registered a fine coming-from-behind victory and levelled the series, thus keeping it alive. However, some unwanted controversies that erupted during the game took some shine off India’s victory. In a self-confessed ‘brain-fade’ moment, Australian captain Steven Smith looked at the dressing room after his dismissal to take some help on the Decision Review System (DRS). His partner at the crease, Peter Handscomb had suggested him to do so after the skipper sought his opinion on the same.  However, it soon took shape of a controversy.

The Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli, and the field umpire Nigel Llong intervened and Smith was sent back with a warning and some heated exchange with Kohli. The press conference that followed was a fiery one, with Kohli stopping just short of calling Smith a ‘cheater’. Handscomb admitted it was his mistake, but by then the issue had snowballed. Smith called it a ‘brain-fade’, while Kohli defined ‘brain-fade’ for his opposite number. The respective boards jumped into the defence of their leaders, and the media gave it massive coverage all this while.

With the issue dying an early death after the two boards’ efforts of reconciliation, it seems all is well between the two teams and the boards. Amul, however, did not miss out on coming up with its customary satirical take on the issue. Check what they tweeted:

 

Amul took a dig at Australian captain’s ‘brain-fade’ comment. Now that the things are good between the teams — that is how at least it look from the outside for now — the players may perhaps have a good laugh after seeing it. With series levelled at 1-1, they would look to put the controversy behind and mean business when the third Test at Ranchi goes underway from March 16.