While social media users were sure that Steven Smith had celebrated Kohli’s wicket by clutching his shoulder, the footage proved that it was Peter Handscomb’s arm © AFP
While social media ensured that =Smith had celebrated Kohli’s wicket by clutching his shoulder, the footage proved that it was Handscomb’s arm © AFP

Where one must have thought the ongoing controversies between India and Australia would slow down before the third Test, things took a different turn. On Day Three of the third Test at Ranchi, Cheteshwar Pujara had flicked through the mid-on off Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell gave a fine chase at the deep, exactly in the same region where Virat Kohli endured that awkward dive to injure his right shoulder on Day One. Although Kohli did come to play on Day Three, he was gone cheaply for 6 by Cummins. While Maxwell did mock the captain, Steven Smith did not, that was clarified by Cricket Australia footage. However, an unhappy VVS Laxman targeted both the players and made reference to Phil Hughes. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Ranchi

While social media users were sure that Smith had celebrated Kohli’s wicket by clutching his shoulder, the footage proved that it was Peter Handscomb’s arm, who had hugged Smith while celebrating the big wicket, around his shoulder. 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 … it’s fine, but not mocking someone who is injured, in pain. I’ve never experienced that because when you are injured, you always care for the opposition player as well.”

“Especially after what happened to Phil Hughes, everyone is concerned when someone gets injured. Whether he gets hit on the helmet or is injured, there is a concern. You play the game a hard way but the spirit of the game should be there. This is defying the spirit of the game,” he further added.

Australian media, who have been unforgiving with their coverage throughout this series, pounced on the opportunity, as reported on Hindustan Times. The Daily Telegraph termed Laxman’s comments as ‘ill-informed attack on Smith’s leadership and unfortunately bringing up the Hughes family name into a non-issue.’ India vs Australia 3rd Test: Glenn Maxwell under fire for mocking Virat Kohli

News Corp Australia and The Courier Mail described Laxman’s comments as, ‘depressingly ill-advised’ and said that he had ‘waded into murky waters.’ The same article on The Australian also hailed the spirit on cricket on the field during the third Test saying, “The standard of play on the field has been brilliant in this series, but some of the nonsense surrounding it has left much to be desired.”