Kohli slapped down Smith for calling his glance to the stands for review support a "brain fade", accused Australia of systematically cheating with regards to reviews, then unleashed on Ian Healy. But was the Pune pitch so poor that the Indian team could score just 105 and 107 in two innings or Bangalore so below average that Australia just collapsed? The same can also be said of Steve O'Keefe, Australia's shock match-winner in the first Test.
Yet to make a Test debut, Mitchell Swepson has been called a surprise weapon by the great Steve Waugh and even as he gives them an option, it remains to be seen if Australia gamble on the leg-spinner. That is how the pitches were so far in the series but surprisingly the Indian batsmen looked tentative.
Kohli and Smith will meet with match referee Richie Richardson on Thursday morning, trying to restore order before the third Test starts that day. "What's happened in Bengaluru happened in Bengaluru, we are in Ranchi and we should look forward to tomorrow".
Mitchell Marsh's injury will mean a chance for Glenn Maxwell at number six while Starc's place could go to Pat Cummins. "Both teams have moved ahead from Bangalore and I think the focus should get back on to the series because the priority here is cricket", he reasoned. From my point of view I think they're completely wrong.
Mentioning the adjustments Cheteswar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane did in the second inning of Indian batting, Virat said: "Individually I think its adjustments the players make with techniques are important. It's nice that everybody had a short break".
Vunipola says mental strength key to grand slam bid
Ireland continue to insist they will gain no motivation from trying to spoil England's Grand Slam party in Dublin on Saturday. This week's match at the Aviva will go a long way to determining the prospects of the competing players to join that party.
Furthermore, both Kumble and Virat Kohli have been depicted in colourful manner in the Australian media, leaving room for wonderment if the visitors indeed want to play mellow henceforth. "You don't want to curb any natural instincts of the players". As long as they go out there and do what is expected of them, there are absolutely no issues with that. I also dont think the Australians are in any position to start throwing stones. But every player has his own way of having a game face and that's what you want - it's an global sport and you want everyone to go out there and show what they are capable of.
"Basically what they said was that they want to see cricket as the victor in the Test ... both teams to play within the rules of the game", he said. "It's 22 yards and we've played on some hard wickets in the first two games and we've played some pretty good cricket, so we're confident that we can play with whatever this wicket does". Can we witness a truly fair Test here in the next three (oops five days)?
Wade is not expecting any respite from India in the final two Tests.
The boards, comrades-in-arms in many a battle at the ICC, have since agreed a truce and brokered a meeting between Kohli and Smith before the match at the brand new test venue of Ranchi, the hometown of Kohli's predecessor MS Dhoni. India won the Test to square the series with Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin taking the bulk of Australian wickets. The rating may not invite action from the ICC. Any further incidents, or indeed inaction from the world governing body, will seriously affect the stature of this series.