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According to numerous reports, India opener Shikhar Dhawan and batsman Virat Kohli were involved in an altercation in the dressing room during the second Test against Australia in Brisbane.
The altercation allegedly started after Dhawan refused to go out and bat on day four after he was struck on the wrist while batting on the practice pitches the same morning.
“While the Indian batsmen were falling like nine pins against the pace of Mitchell Johnson and company on the fourth morning of the Brisbane Test, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan were having a go at each other in the dressing room, it has emerged,” Hindustan Times writer Sai Prasad Mohapatra wrote. “Kohli was reportedly furious that he had to go and bat in a few minutes’ notice after Dhawan, unbeaten overnight, expressed inability because of a knock he took on his right wrist while practicing on an uneven pitch. Kohli, dismissed cheaply, lashed out at the opener on returning to the dressing room.
“Whispers of odd discontent in the Indian camp are heard at times, but such confrontation is rare. More importantly, flare-ups inside the dressing room are not made public. The incident may affect the team’s performance further with India already 0-2 down in the four-Test series.”
Things between Dhawan and Kohli reached boiling point when Kohli reportedly said that Dhawan had “chickened out” and was scared to face the Australian pace attack.
“The vice-captain’s demeanour had triggered suspicion that Dhawan was making an excuse to avoid facing the Aussie pace battery in the morning,” Mohapatra wrote. “The blame game started on his return to the dressing room. Kohli reportedly blamed Dhawan for his cheap dismissal and the latter responded, slamming speculation that he had chickened out.”