Allegations and controversies appear to be flying thick and fast in the ongoing India-Australia Test series with Virat Kohli accusing the Australian players of taunting Indian physio Patrick Farhart. Steve Smith, however, insisted that his team had in no way disrespected Farhart.
After the DRS-gate in the second Test in Bengaluru, the Ranchi Test provided some fresh controversy with Glenn Maxwell mocking Kohli's injury by clutching his right shoulder after he had saved a boundary. The India skipper retaliated the next day with a similar gesture when David Warner was dismissed. Kohli alleged that the Australian players had taunted Farhart during the third Test.
"They (four-five of them) started taking Patrick's name. I don't know why. He's our physio. His job is to treat me. I don't find the reason behind it. I could not understand. You must ask why they have started taking his name," Kohli told a post-match news conference on Monday.
Smith, however, insisted that the visitors had not disrespected Australian Farhart, adding that he had done a great job in nursing Kohli back to full fitness.
"It was a bit disappointing. I didn't actually do anything. Virat was having a go at me saying I was disrespecting Patrick Farhart. I was probably the exact opposite," Smith said.
"I think he probably did a pretty terrific job to be able to get Virat back on the field after that shoulder injury. He's a terrific physio and he obviously does a great job for them," said Smith.
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