The Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2017 concluded on Tuesday with India winning the decisive final Test at Dharmsala by eight wickets. The four-Test series, that the hosts India pocketed 2-1, lived up to its hype with the riveting on and off the field battles.
In this article, Cricingif takes a look at the controversies that surrounded this Test series.
The Test series was off to an unusual beginning when the Aussie opener Matt Renshaw had to rush to the toilet in between the first session of day one. Australia’s world cup winning captain Alan Border laid heavy criticism on the 21-year-old and said: “I hope he's lying on the table in there half dead. Otherwise, as captain, I would not be happy.”
Renshaw runs to the dressing room while the skipper Smith and the umpire looks on. – AFP
The incident happened during the first session of day one when Renshaw was batting on 36 and his opening partner David Warner had just been dismissed. After having a quick word with the captain and incoming batsman Steven Smith, Reshaw was declared “retired hurt.”
Treated with a rank-turner after a victory in the first Test, Steven Smith found himself surrounded in the storm after he relied on the dressing room to seek a review after being adjudged Leg Before Wicket.
Steven Smith looking towards the dressing room.
Though Smith had put his actions down to ‘brain freeze’, Indian skipper Virat Kohli recalled the event ferociously in a press conference and stopped short of calling the touring party “cheats”.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) formally launched a complaint with the International Cricket Council (ICC) but withdrew it later after Kohli failed to prove his claims.
On the other side, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland had earlier criticised Kohli and said that he is not sure if the Indian captain knows how spell the word “sorry.”
Both BCCI and CA issued a joint press statement after BCCI withdrew their complaint against Smith as cricket had to move on but the former BCCI president Anurag Thakur who was removed from the post earlier this year came down heavily on both cricket boards, media and criticised BCCI for not supporting their captain and compromised the integrity of their captain Kohli.
ICC match referee Chris Broad rated the Pune pitch as “poor” before evaluating the Bengaluru wicket to be below average.
It is pertinent to mention that ICC had initiated their pitch and outfield monitoring process in 2006 and since then four of the seven full member pitches that have been rated poor or unfit are in India.
The media from the both countries could not help from jumping in the battle of words, as is always the case when India and Australia face off.
An Australian newspaper dubbed Indian skipper Virat Kohli as “Donald Trump of sport” in the aftermath of the dressing room controversy and Indian newspaper Hindustan Times accusing Australian media running a “hate campaign” against the Indian team.
During the third Test at Ranchi, Virat Kohli suffered an injury when he landed on his right shoulder in an attempt to save a boundary. The footage of Smith mocking Kohli went viral on the social media the next day, which turned out to be doctored.
Australia’s hard-hitting batsman Glenn Maxwell then went ahead with the actual imitation of the Indian captain, further aggravating the matter.
After winning the series 2-1, Kohli stated that now he do not considers any Australian as his friend. Before the series started, Kohli stated that Australians are really competitive and now after this series, I have been proved wrong.