Former Australia fast-bowler Mitchell Johnson has leapt to the defence of all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who has been facing severe criticism for mocking Virat Kohli during the ongoing third Test at Ranchi. 

The ongoing Border-Gavaskar series has been marred with sledging and banters and Glenn Maxwell made the scenario a bit ugly by mocking the India skipper’s shoulder injury that he had sustained while fielding on the opening day of the Test.

The 28-year-old Indian batting lynchpin was left clutching his right shoulder in pain after he dived while fielding at the mid-on area and later scans revealed he had suffered a strain and did not take field on Day 2. The Delhi star did come out to bat on the third day but could do little as he was dismissed for only six by seamer Pat Cummins. Before that, Maxwell was seen mocking Kohli’s injury when he imitated the Indian skipper’s action by clutching his right shoulder after his dive to save a boundary in the 81st over. Cheteshwar Pujara had flicked through the mid-on off Cummins and Maxwell gave a fine chase at the deep exactly in the same region where Kohli suffered the injury.

Some reports also suggested the Aussie skipper Steven Smith also mocked his Indian counterpart after his dismissal. However, a report from Cricket Australia (CA) dismissed those claims. Replays appeared to show Smith’s right hand holding his left shoulder, which many took as the Australian skipper mocking Kohli but a picture published by the CA showed the hand on Smith’s shoulder was not his but that of Peter Handscomb.

As expected, the fans were furious with the whole episode and one such furious fan asked Johnson whether Smith and Maxwell’s conduct was correct.

In reply, the former Aussie speedster asked the fan to get his facts right since Smith was wrongly involved in the incident before saying Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma also mocked the Aussie skipper during the first two Tests.

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