The Australian media slammed Virat Kohli for spreading fake news regarding their players, calling him "dictatorial" and comparing him to the recently elected American President Donald Trump.
The incident took place in the 21st over of the Australia's second innings when Smith was trapped LBW by pacer Umesh Yadav, a delivery that went underground and struck the former just above his left boot in front of middle stump, cricket.com.au reported.
But he couldn't. His heavily-strapped right shoulder, result of a nasty fall during a fielding effort on the second day of the third Test at Ranchi last Friday, wouldn't allow him to.
Kohli, who batted in the nets on Friday, said the full extent of an injury could only be known in match conditions and that he would strictly follow the advice of the physiotherapist.
Reports suggest the uncapped Shreyas Iyer has been called up as cover for Kohli, who has made just 46 runs at an average of 9.20 in the series so far.
India cricket captain Virat Kohli has done nothing to help his popularity in Australia as he celebrated the wicket of David Warner. It will also be seen as a massive strategic triumph for a squad that has gone to great lengths to mark a turnaround in their poor run against sub-continental rivals. "I think they've been overconfident in this series and I think the scoreline shows that", Johnson told Fox Sports.
Australia are now on the second spot and if they win the fourth Test they will retain their second position in ICC Test Rankings irrespective of the result between South Africa and New Zealand starting March 25 as well. The pressure is firmly on them.
"I'd love to see it fast and bouncy". Now the Daily Telegraph newspaper says Kohli is behaving like a bully and accused the Indian cricket board and match officials of letting him get away it. The physio wants to give it a little more time till I can test myself.
This will be a welcoming news for Steven Smith's side, who managed to escape the third game in Ranchi with a draw after last day heroics from Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh. They, themselves, might not have thought they would be at this point three games in."In Gilchrist's view, Australia had learnt their lessons from the previous tour when Michael Clarke's team was thrashed 4-0 in 2013".
"It's a tough one because they've both had their moments in this series, but I think you've got to go with experience". I think a lot of the guys, the more senior players, have taken a bit out of the way he's done things having only been a youngster and not been here before. As Josh Hazlewood put it: "Any sort of bounce is an added bonus for the quicks against most of their batters, and probably him in particular". It's just that they are expected to win in their own backyard, just as we are at home. "I think we're going to lose a spinner out of this Test match", he said.