India vs Australia: Taking a jibe at the Indian fast bowler, Michael Clarke said if Brett Lee was a part of the Aussie side he would not have allowed Ishant Sharma to bat for so long.
The series between India and Australia is turning out to be a pure bliss for all the cricketing fans. The Aussie side arrived in India as underdogs and stunned the visitors by winning the first Test by 333 runs in Pune. However, Virat Kohli’s men made an inspirational comeback in the second game in Bengaluru as Ravichandran Ashwin’s 6 wickets in the second innings helped India win the game by 75-runs. Throughout the series, fans have witnessed many on and off-field clashes which have made the battle even more interesting.
In one such incident, former Australian captain Michael Clarke was shut by Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar in the commentary box. On the 4th day of the Bengaluru Test, the Indian team was struggling in the first session of the day and lost 6 wickets within first one hour of the match. Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc proved Steve Smith’s decision of taking the new ball right by picking wickets in quick succession until Wriddhiman Saha formed an important last wicket partnership with Ishant Sharma.
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Taking a jibe at the Indian fast bowler, Michael Clarke said if Brett Lee was a part of the Aussie side he would not have allowed Ishant Sharma to bat for so long. Sunil Gavaskar wasn’t very impressed with this statement and replied by saying, ‘Rahul Dravid’s home is only 10 km away from M Chinnaswamy Stadium. If he comes out to bat for India, it won’t be that easy for Brett Lee. Should I call him?’ This hitting statement by Gavaskar was enough to shut Clarke.
After the match, Indian captain Virat Kohli caused another controversy by firing shots at his counterpart Steve Smith. Talking about the DRS incident, he said, “It has to stop because there is a line that you don’t cross on the cricket field. Sledging is different but I don’t want to mention the (particular) word but it falls in that bracket. I would never do something like that on the cricket field.”