On field umpire, Chris Gaffaney had to intervene when Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Australian captain Tim Paine got involved in a physical battle on day four of the second Test at Perth Stadium.
Both the team captains continued their personal sledge-fest in an at-times heated first session, Fox Cricket reported on Monday.
“It was in the 71st over that cameras and microphones picked up some words shared between the pair, after Kohli had moved himself to field close by to the nonstriker.”
Despite umpire’s intervention, Paine couldn’t help himself.
‘That’s enough, that’s enough’
“You’re the one that lost it yesterday. Why are you trying to be cool today?” Paine quizzed Kohli.
“That’s enough, that’s enough. Come on, play the game. You guys are the captains,” umpire Gaffaney said as he moved in between the pair.
Paine replied: “We’re just having a conversation. There’s no swearing … keep your cool Virat”.
Kohli’s response wasn’t recorded on the stump mic, but the Indian skipper could be seen with a rather cheeky grin on his face.
Few balls later it almost got physical when Kohli walked in front of Paine while the latter was completing a run. Paine tried to evade his opponent as the pair bumped chests mid-pitch.
Virat Kohli and Tim Paine are back at it!
The two have locked horns again as tension builds on the 4th day of the 2nd Test.
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 17, 2018
It all started on day three when Paine was batting and Kohli was fielding in the slips. They were seen sharing verbal volleys as the players walked off the field after stumps.