Talk about being a sore loser!
So displeased was Australian captain Steve Smith with Murali Vijay that he seemingly called him a “fuc***** cheat”, after the Indian opener claimed a catch that was later adjudicated to have been grassed.
Now Steve Smith will say he wasn't saying "F**king Cheat" it's just your BRAIN FADE.
— Principle Patel (@PatelSiddhant_) March 27, 2017
It all happened when Vijay at gully appeared to have snaffled Josh Hazlewood –Australia’s final second-innings wicket – off R Ashwin.
Since the ball had been literally peeled off the turf, the on-field umpires called for an upstairs referral, even as Vijay continued to claim a clean catch.
In fact, Vijay even left the field to prepare for opening the batting in the Indian second innings, and had to be called back from the pavilion after the third umpire discovered that the ball had been grounded before it was caught.
Closely monitoring the proceedings from the dressing room, Steve Smith looked to be royally cheesed off with Vijay’s antics and was caught by the cameras mouthing the ‘F’ word.
To be fair Vijay, so sure that he had caught the ball, did indeed overdo it by tramping off the field. To be fair also to Smith, the visiting captain was then at the acme of frustration, his team collapsing decisively in the final Test after he had himself played a highly irresponsible shot to get out.
This was just another acrimonious episode in a series that has not always been played in the best of spirits. And although the outburst happened within the confines of the Aussie dressing room, it remains to be seen if or how the Indian team/ BCCI will react.
Not like India’s own captain is a lotus-eating saint!