Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith is “shocked and disappointed” at the controversy created by the allegations imposed against him for a purported video where he is seen scuffing up the guard mark of the Indian batsman Rishabh Pant on the fifth day of the third test match.
A video footage clearly showed Smith scuffing up the batsman’s guard during drinks break in the first session on Monday. Rishabh Pant scored a smooth 97 runs to raise India’s hopes for a win. India managed to draw the match & keep the series leveled at 1-1.
“I have been quite shocked and disappointed by the reaction,” Smith told News Corp. “It’s something I do in games to visualise where we are bowling, how the batter is playing our bowlers and then out of habit I always mark centre,” Smith added.
After the video got viral, Smith faced lots of criticism on social media by fans & former India opener batsman Virender Sehwag. The former captain added that such a controversy along with other racist abuse incidents gives us an overview of India’s remarkable batting programme.
“It’s such a shame that this and other events have taken away from what was a great batting performance by India yesterday,” Smith said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Australia Captain Tim Paine had also defended Steve Smith by emphasizing that the Indian team would have raked up the issue if any wrong was committed.