Videograb showing the moment Australian skipper Steve Smith abused Murali Vijay
The fight to lift the Border-Gavaskar Trophy has been acrimonious to say the least. There have been on-field spats, off-field ones, insinuations and taunts through the media as well. Well, the series may be about to end, but that doesn't mean the gloves are off.
In what will leave a bad taste in the mouths of the Indian cricketers, Australian captain Steven Smith has been caught on camera mouthing expletives and accusing an Indian player of being a cheat.
The incident took place towards the end of the Australian 2nd innings -- in the 54th over. With just the final wicket remaining, Murali Vijay, at gully, claimed to have caught an edge from Aussie No 11 Josh Hazlewood off Ravichandran Ashwin's bowling.
With his team having scored a paltry 137 till then, Smith was upset. And Vijay rushing off to the dressing room even before the umpires' decision left the Aussie skipper in an extremely foul mood that led to his abuse. Unfortunately for Smith, the broadcasters caught him on camera mouthing that swear word.
HERE'S THE VIDEO:
Hazlewood, however, failed to capitalise on the lifeline thrown to him and departed two balls later after getting trapped lbw by Ashwin for a duck.
The incident was highlighted because of the Twitter conversation between two Australian journalists.
Murali Vijay claims a catch that was grounded. Steve Smith captured by TV cameras mouthing "f***ing cheat"— Ben Horne (@BenHorne8) March 27, 2017
Twitterati didn't take kindly to Smith's choice of words.
Aussies have always been sore losers..... But we no longer take it lying low anymore.... Go India Go... ðÂÂŸÂÂ‘ÂÂhttps://t.co/0CmBIqGKOO— Krishna (@rk300777) March 27, 2017
@BenHorne8 ignore its just another brain fadeðÂÂŸÂÂ˜ÂÂ‚— Abhay Sharma (@abhaysharma86) March 27, 2017
@BenHorne8 Continuing the great Australian tradition of Whinge— Mendex. (@geekypreet) March 27, 2017
@BenHorne8 Just another brain fade. Lovely to see him so angry. Made my day— Raghu Menon (@rmenon05) March 27, 2017
"Murali Vijay is a f***ing cheat"— Krishanu Mukherjee (@_imkrishanu) March 27, 2017
The dressing room didn't cooperate this time, did it? #IndvAus
steve smith seems to be in a relationship with BRAIN FADE— Saurav Raj Barman (@31_saurav) March 27, 2017
When Jadeja and Wade got into an argument post Maxwell's dismissal
Ravindra Jadeja and Matthew Wade
Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade got into an argument with India's Ravindra Jadeja after Glenn Maxwell's dismissal in the ongoing fourth Test here, continuing the hostilities between the two sides.
The incident took place in the 33rd over of Australia's second innings after Maxwell was adjudged LBW by South African umpire Marais Erasmus.
Maxwell predictably took a DRS, which remained umpire's call even though it looked tight in TV replays. As Maxwell started walking, an angry Wade tried to approach the melee of Indian players but Ravichandran Ashwin came in between and held back the Aussie keeper.
Wade was having an argument with Jadeja, who seemed equally involved before another player pulled him aside. Wade was fuming and as he walked back to his crease, he was seen having another round of discussion with Murali Vijay.
The two umpires then called India's stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Jadeja for a chat to cool things down.