Australian cricketer Steve Smith have landed in yet another controversy. Smith is not new to controversies as he played against the spirit of cricket in sandpaper scandal and brain fade moment against India few years ago.
In the latest incident, he was seen scuffing the guard marks made by Rishabh Pant in Sydney test. Pant was going in impressive fashion dismissing Australian bowlers to all parts of the ground.
He batted brilliantly and gave hope to Indian team about salvaging the match after a tough start to final day. At one stage, it looked as if India could chase the target down. However, after his brilliant 97, India slowed the scoring rate due to various reasons.
Vihari suffered a hamstring injury but played a gritty innings along with Ashwin. But the most controversial moment went to Steve Smith. It happened during the drinks break. The stump camera recorded Smith’s doings.
Smith came back after drinks break and was seen doing some left hand shadow batting. However, the real controversy came soon after. Once he is done with his acting, he simply scuffed the guard lines marked by Pant in an attempt to gain some advantage.
Pant came back and was again needed to make new guard marks on the crease. Despite his all doings, Smith couldn’t win the match for Australia. Twitter was furious with how Smith acted against the spirit of the game again.
Watch the incident here
After drinks break Aussie comes to shadow bat and scuffs out the batsmen's guard marks.
— Cricket Badger (@cricket_badger) January 11, 2021
Tried all tricks including Steve Smith trying to remove Pant's batting guard marks from the crease. Par kuch kaam na aaya. Khaaya peeya kuch nahi, glass toda barana.
But I am so so proud of the effort of the Indian team today. Seena chonda ho gaya yaar. pic.twitter.com/IfttxRXHeM
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2021
This is very very poor from Steve smith !! https://t.co/UwUz7zrdzx
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 11, 2021
Has Steve Smith learnt nothing about cheating and bad sportsmanship??
— Nick Hedley (@nickhedley) January 11, 2021
— STR (@AmourAnand) January 11, 2021
Steve smith : pic.twitter.com/SVwrGbZKGJ
— Ashish Chanchlani (@ashchanchlani) January 11, 2021
— Asit Kumar Dutta (@AsitKumarDutt14) January 11, 2021
Brainfade in India,
Sandpaper in South Africa,
Scuffing pitch in Australia,
What a player Steve Smith is. Performs everywhere.👏 #AUSvIND
— Manish (@iHitman55) January 11, 2021