New Delhi: The ongoing banter between India skipper Virat Kohli and Australia captain Steven Smith in the current series took an interesting twist on Saturday when Kohli came out to the balcony of the Indian dressing room and clapped soon after Australia’s decision to review an LBW appeal against Cheteshwar Pujara was overturned by third umpire Nigel Llong.
This comes close on the heels of the controversy that the Australian media engaged in after they questioned Team India’s sportsmanship spirit for not clapping after visiting skipper Steve Smith hit another gritty hundred on this tour.
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Looked like Kohli wanted to send a message to the Australians that he does believe in clapping.
Kohli was inside the dressing room when Smith decided to use the last review left with the Aussies till the end of the 80th over and when Llong decided to uphold on-field umpire Chris Gaffaney’s decision, the India skipper rushed out to the balcony and started clapping.
While it can also be argued that Kohli was just trying to motivate his own batsmen in the middle – Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay — as they had done a terrific job in the first hour, the fact that it also turned out to be another wasted review for Smith can’t be overlooked considering the current verbal volleys that have been traded between Kohli and Smith.
In fact, match referee Richie Richardson had called on the two captains at the start of the series to ask them to focus on the game after the DRS controversy took centre stage at the end of the second Test in Bengaluru