The high-voltage drama on and off the pitch in the ongoing India-Australia Test series seems to be escalating each day.
On Tuesday, an Australian newspaper launched a scathing attack on Indian captain Virat Kohli, describing him as the “Donald Trump of world sport”.
"Virat Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport," read the article published in the ‘Daily Telegraph’.
“Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face,” the article added.
Following this, the star cricketer not only got support from Indian cricket fans but also from Bollywod megastar Amitabh Bachchan, an avid cricket follower.
Big B took a dig at the Australian media, called Virat Kohli a ‘winner’ and ‘President’.
T 2471 - Aussi media calls Virat, Donald Trump of sports !! ... thank you Aussi media for accepting that he is a winner and the PRESIDENT !! pic.twitter.com/ZOoNtuhtC2— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 21, 2017
Controversies between the two sides started after the ‘brain fade’ issue in the Bengaluru Test when the Australian skipper Steve Smith was caught looking toward the dressing room balcony for advice on DRS appeal against his dismissal.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) were involved in a bitter stand-off over the issue. The Indian board then withdrew its complaint against Smith after ICC decided not to take action against him.
Things erupted again after Kohli suffered a shoulder injury in the Ranchi Test, which led to another debate between the two sides.
Virat Kohli claimed that the home team physio Patrick Farhart was "disrespected" by visiting players, a charge rival captain Steven Smith denied.
Farhart soon rushed onto the field to attain to his injury. Kohli eventually left the field with the physio.
Farhart was credited for Kohli’s rapid recovery from the injury which many had suspected would keep him out during the remaining play of the Test.
Later Glenn Maxwell was seen mocking Kohli's injury when he imitated his action by clutching his right shoulder after his dive to save a boundary.