The dressing room spat between Vice-captain Virat Kohli and opener Shikhar Dhawan ahead of the day 4 of the second test against Australia at Brisbane created a lot of rounds in the media as India lost the match by 4 wickets and skipper MS Dhoni cited it as one of the reasons.
When Dhoni was asked about the incident in the pre match conference ahead of the Boxing Day Test, he gave it back to the media persons as he mocked all the buzz around it. “Actually that was the case. Virat used a knife. He stabbed Shikhar, who just recovered out of that then we pushed him to bat. These are all stories. Marvel, maybe Warner Bros or somebody should pick up this and make a nice a movie out of it,” Dhoni said according to cricket.com.au.
“Journalists start making their own stories during Indian tours. If somebody from the team has actually told you this, it’d be interesting if you could give us the name. Because his imagination is really brilliant and he should be working for one of the movie companies. He doesn’t deserve to be in our dressing room, because he has entirely created something that has not been there at all. As far as the reality is concerned, there’s been nothing like that,” Dhoni added.
Minutes before the start of day 4 of the Brisbane test, it was said by the team management that Dhawan had injured his hand in practice. Due to Dhawan’s injury, which Kohli had to walk out to bat with Cheteshwar Pujara as Indian middle-order collapsed following which Dhawan came out to bat and scored 81. After the loss on the same day, Dhoni said that there was a spat between Kohli and Dhawan in the dressing room which caused an “unrest” in the side as they could give only a 5-10 minutes’ notice to Kohli for him to go out to bat. Kohli was dismissed for 1 off 11 balls.
The reports that followed suggested that Kohli and Dhawan had an altercation as the former was unhappy for having to bat at such a short notice. The report also stated that Team director Ravi Shastri had to intervene and calm the situation down.