Even after the conclusion of an absorbing Test in Ranchi between India and Australia, the allegations and poor sportsmanship is still doing the rounds.
In the latest development, India skipper Virat Kohli has accused the touring team of disrespecting team physio Patrick Farhart during the match.
Speaking at the post-match presser, Kohli said:“They (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.”
Kohli’s participation in the rest of the match was looking very unlikely after he injured his shoulder while making a dive on the first day of the match. He was later escorted out of the ground by Farhart who played an important part in helping Kohli take the field on the last two days of the match.
However, the whole scenario turned ugly when Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was seen mocking Kohli’s injury when he imitated his action by clutching his right shoulder after his dive to save a boundary. A clip also showed that Smith too tried to mock Kohli by clutching his shoulder right after the Indian batsman’s dismissal before he was cleared of any wrongdoing when replays confirmed it was actually the hand of a teammate on his shoulder. Apart from those two incidents, nothing much was seen or heard regarding the Aussie players mocking Kohli. However, the Indian star feels that the Australian players were taking the physio’s name during the match.
However, Smith dismissed all the suggestions that his teammates was disrespecting Farhart who himself is an Australian.
“Virat was actually having a go at me out in the middle, saying how I was disrespecting Patrick Farhart where I was the exact opposite, if I was to do anything,” Smith said at the post-match conference.
“I think (Farhart) did a pretty terrific job to be able to get Virat back out on the field after that shoulder injury. I think he’s a terrific physio and he does a great job for them,” he added.