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Ranchi: India Test great VVS Laxman has accused n captain Steve Smith for setting a poor example to his team by mocking Virat Kohli’s shoulder injury. The only problem, however, is Smith did nothing of the sort.
There was outrage on social media with Smith being slammed for poor sportsmanship after pictures emerged of him appearing to hold his shoulder while celebrating Kohli’s wicket.
It came on a day where Kohli rushed out of the dressing room to sarcastically applaud Smith’s team after they had burnt a second review.
The pair are feuding after Smith admitted he had broke the rules of the decision review system by consulting the dressing room during the second Test. It prompted Kohli to accuse of systematic DRS rorting, claims he has failed to substantiate.
The third Test hangs in the balance with India 6/360 at stumps on the third day, trailing by 91.
Criticism of Smith intensified after host broadcaster Star Sports aired a segment during the tea break where Laxman unloaded on Smith for “defying the spirit of the game”.
Laxman, who made his reputation for his heroics against , even referenced the death of former n opener Phillip Hughes to condemn Smith for not showing due respect to an injured opponent.
Glenn Maxwell, however, did make light of Kohli’s injury, holding his shoulder in jest after making a diving save on the boundary. Kohli had broken down on the first day in similar circumstances. It might be funny but its highly immature from Maxwell and Smith to make fun of Kohli’s injury #IndvAuspic.twitter苏州夜网/BcOss8oYCf??? Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) March 18, 2017All about Camera Angle. pic.twitter苏州夜网/68f1l0wBRo??? Manish (@Slysterr) March 18, 2017Hey, @jatinsapru.If Steve Smith wasn’t mocking Kohli, then explain this, please. pic.twitter苏州夜网/NZj1Lp80lP??? Divyang (@divyangasm) March 18, 2017