The scene of Steven Smith and Panth’s crease rubbing Marx’s feet. (Photo: Collected)
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy Sydney Test was full of excitement. India drew the match with a final test of perseverance and patience on the field. They lost only 5 wickets in the fourth innings of the match and batted 131 overs. He lost only 3 wickets on the last day’s difficult pitch and spent 96 overs.
Two more incidents are being discussed vigorously with this heroism of India. The first revolves around a sledging scuffle between India’s offspinning all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin and Australia captain Tim Payne. Realizing his mistake, Aussie captain Tim Payne apologized to Ashwin.
As a result, the first incident was not very big. However, the other incident is quite discussed. The stamp camera shows Steven Smith removing the mark of the batting guard taken by Rishav Pant at one stage of India’s innings. Smith’s beheading began as soon as the video spread through social media.
Many call Smith a direct cheater, while others call him the killer of the Spirit of the Game. Some have again called on the ICC to ban Smith. Former India captain Virender Sehwag was also on the list of critics.
Smith, one of the best batsmen of the present time, was disappointed and surprised by this incident. Because, according to him, he did nothing wrong at the popping crease. On the contrary, he did it out of habit. Which he does in every match.
“I do this every time we bowl,” Smith told the Australian News Corporation. This shows how the batsmen are playing our bowlers. Then I always put spots in the center. It is a matter of frustration and shame that these incidents are being seen as bigger than the match.
Smith also has captain Tim Payne and coach Justin Langer by his side. Payne stands as a witness for Smith. He also says that Smith does this at least 5-6 times per match or every day. Which is nothing new to anyone watching the game regularly. Also, according to the Aussie coach, Smith is not to blame for the incident.
“If you’ve seen Steven Smith play Tests, you know he does it 5-6 times a day,” Payne said. He always stands on the wicket and bats in the shadows. As we all know, Smith has some habits of his own. One of them is to mark the center. He (Smith) had no other purpose in mind. ‘
Langer’s comment, ‘Everything that is being said about Smith is absolutely ridiculous. Sydney’s wicket is as hard as concrete. Smith will need a 15-inch spike to clear Pant’s batting guard. But how many people have started talking. I have never heard such nonsense in my life. Smith is 100% innocent in this regard.
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