India legends react to hosts' victory

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Ashwin celebrates after taking a wicket.

After conceding an 87-run lead in the first innings, India made a remarkable comeback to win the second Test against Australia at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Ravichandran Ashwin showed why he is ranked the number one bowler in the world in Test cricket – picking up figures of 6/41 as Australia were bowled out for 112, chasing a target of 188.

India legends such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and VVS Laxman took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian team on their victory.

On the other hand, former Australian captain Michael Clarke gave India credit on their “class performance”.

Here, we collect all the top tweets of the day.

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Virat Kohli not amused by Steve Smith incident

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Kohli was unhappy with some of the events during the second Test.

The decision review system [DRS] came under the spotlight in the second Test between India and Australia on Tuesday.

There were a number of close calls during a fiercely-contested encounter and the flash point came on day four when Steve Smith was adjudged to be leg-before-wicket [LBW] off the bowling of Umesh Yadav.

As is the case usually, Smith went to the non-striker Peter Handscomb to ask his opinion on whether he should review the decision. There was some indecision before the Australian skipper decided to look at the dressing room.

That is something that is not allowed according to the rules, and umpire Nigel Llong and India captain Virat Kohli were quick to point that out. Llong had to calm Kohli down as the Delhi batsman was clearly not happy with the incident.

Speaking after the match, Kohli alleged that it wasn’t the first time that the Australian team had looked for help from their dressing room for DRS in this match.

“I saw that happening two times when I was batting out there. I pointed it out to the umpire as well, that it’s happened twice, that I’ve seen their players looking upstairs for confirmation and that’s why the umpire was at him,” said Kohli.

“You know when he turned back, the umpire knew exactly what’s going on because we observed that. We told the match referee also, and the umpires, that they’ve [Australian players] been doing that for the last three days and this has to stop because there’s a line that you don’t cross on the cricket field.

“Sledging and playing against the opponents is different, but I don’t want to mention the word, but it falls in that bracket. I would never do something like that on the cricket field.”

Smith called the incident “a bit of a brain fade”, but Kohli wasn’t having it.

“Honestly, I mean if someone makes a mistake while batting, for me personally that’s a brain fade,” Kohli said.

“The way I left the ball in Pune, you know, getting hit on the off-stump. That was a brain fade. But if something is going on for three days, then that’s not a brain fade. It’s as simple as that.”

India defeated Australia by 75 runs in the second Test and the two sides will now move to Ranchi for the third Test which begins on March 16.

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Kohli fires back at Healy

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Kohli recalled an old incident involving Healy.

India captain Virat Kohli shot back at former Australia wicket-keeper Ian Healy after the latter’s comments that he is losing respect for Kohli.

On Sunday, in an interview on Melbourne radio station SEN, Healy had mentioned that he is losing respect for Kohli after his behaviour in the ongoing Test series between India and Australia.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Kohli referenced an old incident when Healy was given out caught behind in a Test against South Africa at Centurion in 1997.

“We have got 1.2 billion people in India. One person doesn’t make a difference to my life. Also, I think you should go and search on YouTube when he [Healy] was given out in Centurion down the leg-side,” said Kohli.

“I heard he said something about me, you know, not having good behaviour with the umpires. But I think you should all YouTube that video.”

In that incident, Healy had furiously thrown his bat in anger while returning to the pavilion after that particular dismissal. He was also handed a two-match suspension for the same.

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