They have come strong, they have come hard; Australian captain Steven Smith has dismissed Virat Kohli’s claim of seeing him taking note from the dressing room during the game by labelling them as wrong and rubbish in his opinion.

It’s been nearly eight days since the most talked about incident of the year happened, the DRS – Dressing Room drama, which had everyone talking about the captains of both the sides. A lot of trash talk, claims, remarks and even downplaying statements were issued by many former players and critics, but the matter has been put to rest now, thanks to collective efforts from senior members of both BCCI and Cricket Australia (CA).

On the eve of the third Test match in Ranchi, Australian captain came up with some defence saying he admit after he made a mistake and seeing Virat pulling out such unsubstantial comments about, it was disappointing.

“From my point of view I think they’re completely wrong. I obviously came out after the game and said I made a mistake and it was an error on my behalf, it was a brain fade. In regards to saying we do it consistently, that’s complete rubbish in my opinion. I think he was wrong in his statement.”

However, to the game’s legacy intact, Smith said a lot more than cricket happens on the field when a number one and a number two side take on each other. As we mentioned earlier about roles played by both countries in order to settle the dust, match-referee Richie Richardson also had a role in-hand with the dictation of keeping cricket as a priority.

Given the morals instilled in the name of good cricket, Smith stuck to the point and said such nerve wrecking contests are something people wish to watch and both sides will continue to sledge within the boundary lines.

“I spoke to Richie Richardson and the other umpires just now. Basically they said cricket is the winner in the Test. Both teams turn to play within rules of the game. We always know that a series between Australia and India is fiercely contested. It’s between number one and two sides in the world. They understand that, it’s just about playing within the boundaries of the game and making sure that cricket is the winner.”

Australia’s favourite son in Bengaluru Test, Nathan Lyon was under the wordiness of getting injured but Smith cleared the speculation by saying, ‘His finger has healed nicely over the last week or so. I’m sure he’ll be fine.’

Mitchell Starc, who joined Mitchell Marsh on the injury list seem to have hurt Australia and Smith believes so. He said losing someone of Starc’s calibre could well decide the fate of the series.

“Obviously, when you lose someone with the class and caliber of Starc, it’s always difficult. But we’re confident that the rest of the bowling group can do the job to take 20 wickets in this Test. We have plenty of options here to cover the forced changes of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh, so we’ll have another look at the wicket tomorrow and we’ll name the team at the toss. We’ve got a few options here. Maxwell and Stoinis are obviously different all-rounders. We’ll look at whether we need a bit more pace or another spinning option.”

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