Indian National Cricket team skipper Virat Kohli had a classic reply to the Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd on day three of the Boxing Day Test, who targeted Kohli with their comments from the stands.

Chants of “show us your visa” were regular over the first two days at the MCG which even led to Cricket Australia issuing a formal warning to the crowd.  From the bottom tier of the MCG’s Great Southern Stand, from where several racist chants came.

Cricket Australia takes a zero-tolerance stance against any form of abuse or racial vilification at any of our matches, whether it be towards fans, players, or staff. Fans are able to report this to stadium staff or security.

Victoria Police and MCG stadium security monitored the behaviour of the crowd in a section of the stadium today and evicted several fans for inappropriate behaviour. They will continue to monitor the area for remaining days of the Test,” a CA spokesperson said.

In fact, on day 3, amid the racist chants, other comments like “Kohli’s a wanker” was also heard, but these fans were not warned. The chants had reached the ears of Kohli who looked at the crowd and gave a perfect response.

India on top at the end of day three

Meanwhile, the hosts were all out for 151 before Pat Cummins gave back with the ball, reducing India to 54 for five at stumps.
However, the visitors are still in firm control of proceedings with a hefty lead of 346 with two days to play.
Jasprit Bumrah was all over the Aussie batting bagging his career-best figure. This is his third five-wicket haul after South Africa, and England is his debut year in Test cricket. Marcus Harris was the top-scorer for Australia scoring 22 runs before Bumrah dismissed him with a short pitch delivery.
Jasprit Bumrah, Australia vs India 2018
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The India opening duo added 18 runs before Cummins had Hanuma Vihari (13) with a bouncer. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane walked back in quick succession for 0, 0 and 1, as Cummins picked up four wickets in just eight deliveries.

However, Agarwal and Rishabh Pant, who will take guard for India on the fourth morning, will look to put a massive lead.

Ankush Das

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