While the cricket between India and Australia has been top class during the four-match Test series, the two sides, especially the rival captains, have also been toe-to-toe when it comes to the on and off field banter.
And with the duo keeping the environment heated up, it seems like not just the cricket world, but the whole world has joined in with former cricketers, present players, an administrator and even a Bollywood actor having their say in the matter.
But this time, the subject of the matter wasn’t what the players said, but to whom the Australian media compared India’s skipper Virat Kohli to.
It all began like this.
First Virat Accuses the Australians of Disrespecting India’s Physio Patrick Farhart in a Press Conference
Virat KohliThey (four-five of them) started taking Patrick’s name. I don’t know why. He’s our physio. His job is to treat me. I don’t find the reason behind it. I could not understand. You must ask why they have started taking his name.
Steve Smith Denies Those Claims Outrightly
Steve SmithIt was a bit disappointing. I didn’t actually do anything. Virat was having a go at me saying I was disrespecting Patrick Farhart. I think he probably did a pretty terrific job to be able to get Virat back on the field after that shoulder injury.
‘The Daily Telegraph’ Steps in and Accuses Virat of Spreading Fake News
The Daily TelegraphVirat Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport. The Indian captain is a law unto himself with no one – not even the ICC or his own board – holding him accountable for his continual perpetuation of fake news. Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face.
Clarke Calls The Daily Telegraph’s Statement a Load of S***
Michael ClarkeWhat a load of s*** is that. What Virat did, even Smith would have. Bear in mind, I love Kohli and the Australian public love him. I always somehow find an Australian in him the way he plays and I absolutely love how he accepts challenges. It’s just two or three reporters who are trying to tarnish him but Virat shouldn’t be bothered.
Injured Starc Says Indians Are Scared of Losing
Mitchell StarcThey were scared of us, beating them in India the way they’ve been playing as well. So it was almost a defensive mechanism for them and obviously they come out in the second Test match, performed really well and got back into it.
Bachchan Thanks Aussie Media
T 2471 - Aussi media calls Virat, Donald Trump of sports !! ... thank you Aussi media for accepting that he is a winner and the PRESIDENT !! pic.twitter.com/ZOoNtuhtC2— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 21, 2017
CA chief Thinks Virat Can’t Spell Sorry
James Sutherland, CA chiefLook I am not sure he knows how to spell sorry. After the end of this long and cut-throat series, lets hope the boys from both teams get together and have a bit of a laugh.
Gavaskar Asks Players to Focus on Cricket
Sunil GavaskarWe should not bother too much about the Australian media and what they write as they are an extension of their cricket team’s support staff. The focus now should shift to cricket from off-the-field issues.
Alongside All the Criticism Australia Was Receiving, They Did Receive Some Praise From an Indian
Gautam GambhirWe should give credit to the Australian side which has played remarkably. Most players like Harbhajan (Singh) and Sourav (Ganguly) predicted a whitewash for India, but they have proved themselves brilliantly and with everything on the line, Australia will be a tricky opponent.
Lets hope once the toss takes place at Dharamsala on Saturday, the two teams will only think about the job on their hands. After all, it’s the series decider!