Vijay: ‘We are taking the incident sportingly’

Talking about the incident, Murali Vijay said, “A lot of things are happening but we are really focused on the game. We have a match in hand, we have to get close to the Australian total, these are the things running in our heads in the dressing room.”

“There's going to be a second innings, so if they can take it that way, it would be great.”, said Murali Vijay.   -  K. R. Deepak

After the first two rather acrimonious Tests, the match here has been played in good spirits. However, the Indian camp was rather unhappy with Glenn Maxwell mimicking Indian captain Virat Kohli’s shoulder injury after diving to stop a ball near the ropes here on Saturday.

Talking about the incident, Vijay said, “A lot of things are happening but we are really focused on the game. We have a match in hand, we have to get close to the Australian total, these are the things running in our heads in the dressing room.”

He added, “All the players are aware of the incident. Whatever they are doing, we are taking it sportingly. There's going to be a second innings, so if they can take it that way, it would be great.”

Interestingly, it was Maxwell’s spectacular fielding that kept Kohli on strike when the Aussies was targeting the Indian skipper through spearhead Pat Cummins. And the Aussie fast bowler got his man.

After Australia lost its two reviews in the first 80 overs, Kohli came to the balcony and clapped. Commenting on that incident, Aussie bowling coach David Saker said,  “I know he came out and clapped, I don’t know if it was directed at anyone in particular but that’s the way he’s been playing this series.”

He added, “It’s a really cut-throat series for everyone and it’s first versus second, there’s a lot of pressure on him at the moment. And there’s pressure on everyone at the moment.”

Saker said, “I don’t think it was directed at anything, I just think when you lose your two reviews it’s a bit of a relief to the opposition and he probably just showed that.”