Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are currently involved in one big controversy with the Indian skipper stopping just short of calling the visiting team cheaters.
This because, in the 21st over, Smith was trapped LBW by pacer Umesh Yadav and having already blown a DRS call, involving David Warner, the Australians were in a fix on whether to go for another referral. Smith turned towards the dressing room for help.
Rules pertaining to the usage of DRS clearly state that "signals from dressing room must not be given" and Virat Kohli attacked the opposing team when he came to speak at the press conference.
However, this is not the first time the two teams have been involved in an on-field controversy. They date back to 1981. Here’s a look at a few:
- In 1981, India’s famous victory at MCG was marred by a controversy when Sunil Gavaskar staged a walkout after being adjudged leg-before to a Dennis Lillee delivery. It was a remark by Lillee that led to a furious Gavaskar forcing his opening partner Chetan Chauhan to walk out with him.
- The tied Test in Madras in 1986 saw umpire V Vikramraju's leg before decision off Greg Matthews to Maninder Singh questioned by members of the Indian team. In fact one senior India player had gone to the umpire's room to give Vijram Raju an earful.
- During the historic 2001 series, Sourav Ganguly repeatedly kept his opposite number Steve Waugh waiting for the toss during all three Test matches, something that did not go down well with the Australian team.
- The biggest controversy involving the two teams however was the infamous 'Monkeygate' scandal during 2007-08 series in Sydney involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds. Symonds had accused Harbhajan of calling him "monkey" which is considered a racial abuse Down Under. An enquiry commission was set up where Harbhajan was acquitted of charges made by the Australian cricket team. The match was marred by debatable umpiring decisions and erstwhile skipper Anil Kumble's now iconic quote: "Only one team played in spirit of the game". Kumble was applauded by the Indian media contingent who then engaged in a war of words with the then Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting.
- Not to forget Zaheer Khan taking a sly dig at Ricky Ponting in Mohali in 2010 after running him out. Zaheer just called him "Usain Bolt" before Ponting came back to have a word with him.