Spat between Delhi Virat Kohli-Shikhar Dhawan sorted!
Tiff between two Delhi lads Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, which made the dressing room atmosphere a bit tense during the fourth Day of second Test against Australia, seems to be over now as both the top-order batsmen were looking friendly during India's intense training session on Wednesday.
New Delhi: Tiff between two Delhi lads Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, which made the dressing room atmosphere a bit tense during the fourth Day of second Test against Australia, seems to be over now as both the top-order batsmen were looking friendly during India's intense training session on Wednesday.
The way they were chatting at the training gave clear signals that the duo have left the incident behind and are now focusing on the 3rd Test, scheduled to start from December 26 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Virat went to Shikhar to have a conversation and after some time team director Ravi Shastri also joined them too for chit-chat. They were looking comfortable in each others company, which is a good news for Team India, just ahead of the Boxing Day Test.
Earlier, Indian opener and vice-captain had a fallout on the fourth day of the Brisbane Test, which the tourists eventually lost by four wickets to trail 2-0 in the four-match series, according to a reputed English daily.
Both the top order batsmen had confronted each other in the dressing room as India suffered a second innings batting collapse at The Gabba, the report added.
The drama inside the dressing room was triggered off following overnight unbeaten batsman Dhawan's refusal to bat in the morning, which prompted Indian team to send Virat Kolhi in his place without preparation. The opener had picked up an injury during a practice session, but the revelation of the extent of the discomfort came only before the start of the play on Day 4. It's learnt that the vice-captain got only seven minutes to change and pad-up.
Kohli, reportedly, was angry with the fact that he had to start the batting proceedings unprepared, ahead of the southpaw, and had lashed out at Dhawan after getting out without scoring a run.
On his return to the pavilion, Kohli is said to have blamed Dhawan for his cheap dismissal. But the atmosphere of the dressing room had got heated up when Dhawan too snapped back by saying that he takes pride in playing for the country and no way would he fake an injury.
Reportedly, Dhawan also had said he would rather sit out if he is not performing, than doing so.
Ravi Shastri, team director of Indian cricket team, had intervened to calm things down, which soon got a panic wave as the team lost three quick wickets within a span of 11 balls. However, Dhawan had came out to bat after the fall of the seventh wicket and went on to score 81 runs, in a losing cause.
If India lose or draw the Boxing Day Test, Australia will clinch the series. So the third Test is quite crucial from tourists' point of view.