What’s the story?Indian opener Murali Vijay admitted that Indian players are taking Glenn Maxwell mocking Indian Test captain’s shoulder injury just before he was dismissed as a “sportive thing” and hoped that Australia can do the same as well during the second innings after day three of the third Test in Ranchi.
Speaking about Maxwell mocking Kohli’s shoulder injury, Murali Vijay said,
“To be honest, we are really focussed on our games, we have a match in hand so we have got to go close to their target and these are the things running in our heads in the dressing room.
All the players are aware of it and whatever they are doing, we take it as a sportive thing and they have the second innings so hopefully they can take it that way it will be great.”Extra Cover: In pictures: Glenn Maxwell mocks Virat Kohli after his dismissal on day 3In case you didn’t know…
Virat Kohli injured his shoulder on day one of the third Test and amidst contrasting reports that Kohli would take no part in the game, BCCI released a statement saying that Kohli had “no serious concerns”.
Although he didn’t field for the rest of the Australia innings, he did walk into bat at No.4 after spending nearly two days in the dressing room during which time Ajinkya Rahane captained the side.
The heart of the matter After plenty of concerns about whether he would come out to bat and where he will play, Indian fans would have heaved a sigh of relief when they saw Virat Kohli walk out to bat at No.4 at the fall of Murali Vijay’s wicket. Kohli was then involved in an interesting turn of events in the 81st over.
After Glenn Maxwell saved a boundary off Cheteshwar Pujara’s bat while fielding in the deep, he placed his hand on his shoulder in an attempt to mock and unsettle Kohli.
The move worked a treat as Kohli was caught by Steve Smith off the bowling of Pat Cummins off the very next ball, which certainly got the adrenaline of all the Australians pumping.Extra Cover: Stats: Cheteshwar Pujara continues spectacular home formVideo