Finger-gate: After Kohli, its Ishant's turn?

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Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 11:55 [IST]
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Ishant shows middle finger to fans

Perth, Jan 10: Ishant Sharma adds fury to the already heated team management by showing his middle finger to the fans as they ridiculed team India's chances in Perth and expelled 0-3 defeat for India against Australia in the third Test starting on Friday.

This incident occurred during Team India's visit to the go-karting track at Perth on Monday after the team decided to skip practice session and plan for a day out at Perth. Team India, took three days off after their innings and 68 run loss to Australia in Sydney as they chose to do something totally different from cricket by heading go-karting.

It is learnt that Ishant Sharma reacted to the taunts by showing a finger gesture to the fans while Indian team was leaving the go-karting venue which was captured by a photographer from the West Australian newspaper.

"Why don't you go learn how to bat and bowl before you go go-karting. It will be 3-0 mate," an unnamed fan said according to the West Australian, in a story headlined: "Kart them off! Struggling India hit track instead of nets."

Just after two days, Virat Kohli was fined 50% of the match fee for showing such a gesture to the crowd after being abused by them. This inturn became a big issue as Kohli also posted the same on Twitter and also the reason why he showed such a gesture, which evoked response from English cricketer Kevin Pietersen too.

Virat Kohli later expressed regret via a BCCI spokesperson after being charged by the ICC match referee.

This did not go well with the team and the management as they had banned Indian players from using twitter or any social networking site as such comments from the cricketers might further cause trouble.This is infact the last thing the team management would expect as they aim to prevent Australia from clinching the series in the third Test starting on Friday.

Indian cricket team is expected to resume training on Tuesday while Michael Clarke's team will also plan to start their preparations at WACA this afternoon.


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