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Ravichandran Ashwin referred Steven Smith s gesture as “completely unheard of IANS

Ravichandran Ashwin has added fuel to the ongoing rift between India and Australia, with his comments over Steven Smith s inappropriate behaviour during the second Test at Bengaluru. Ashwin referred Smith s gesture as “completely unheard of”. In a video posted on bcci.tv, speaking to his teammate Cheteshwar Pujara who played a brilliant 92-run knock at Bengaluru, Ashwin said that such incidents reminds him of junior cricket days. “Steven Smith actually turned back and asked the dressing room if he could take a review,” Ashwin said. “That is completely unheard of. The last time I thought that to happen was in an Under-10 game, when my coach used to suggest where point fielders and cover fielders used to stand.

Smith, who is actually part of Ashwin s current IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), also added that he was quite surprised and have lot of respect for the Australian captain. “It was really surprising. I have a lot of respect for Steven Smith, but that was very, very surprising,” said Ashwin.

Further, Pujara revealed that there were a lot of talk during the Test and said that he was teasing David Warner throughout the match by reminding him his record against Ashwin. The Indian spinner has so far dismissed Warner 9 times in Tests and he took his wicket in both the innings of second Test.

“Well, see, they were talking a lot and probably sledging is something which, as a unit, we felt that we can give them back,” Pujara said. “They were always under pressure when they walked in to bat, and I wanted to make sure their batsmen were thinking about it, especially David Warner. Whenever he walks in to bat, Ash [Ashwin] is always happy, so I always keep reminding him that Ash is the one who picks [up his wicket].”

Ashwin added more interesting bits and continued by talking about his celebration after taking Mitchell Starc s wicket. I saw yesterday, Abhi [Mukund] pulled Mitchell Starc for a six, he top-edged it for six,” Ashwin said.

“But yes, I don’t think he was in any sort of hurry when he pulled that ball, and Mitchell Starc suggested that he would hit him on the helmet. I don’t know, people generally have the habit of saying I’ll hit you back on the helmet at Gabba. It doesn’t matter, this is Bangalore, so I thought I must tell him that he got hit off me, in the first innings, on the helmet.”

Moreover, Pujara disclosed that he batted with a sore neck throughout his 92-run knock and added, “It was my neck which was troubling me a lot. To be honest, it was a serious issue when I went in to bat in the second innings. I would like to thank Patrick Farhart, our physio, who made it possible for me to bat, and bat at No. 3, because there was one stage where I felt I might not be able to bat No. 3 because my neck was really sore. But he worked on it and ultimately I achieved the goal for the team.”

It will be interesting to see where this ends and how it will affect rest of the two Tests, which is going to be played in MS Dhoni s hometown Ranchi and India s scenic beauty at Dharamsala.