Steve Smith breaks his silence on the ongoing controversy. After two days, Australia batting stalwart Steve Smith breaks his silence on the scuffing Pant’s guard mark at the final day of the play in the recently concluded third Test of the Border Gavaskar series.
This controversy brings the fresh memory of the infamous ‘Sand Paper Gate’ to Indian cricket fans. Indian cricket fans even call Steve Smith the cheating legend and cheating was trended with Steve Smith on Monday at the social media, Twitter.
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag shared a video on Twitter, in this video Smith can be seen scuffing Pant’s batting guard mark as per Virender Sehwag’s claims. This video of Smith went viral on social media and fans started to bashing Australia’s batting maestro Steve Smith.
Ex-cricketer Virender Sehwag also captioned this video and wrote,
“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.”
You can see that video below which Virender Sehwag shared on Twitter,
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
Many cricket experts and close friend of Steve Smith rubbished this claim of former Indian Cricketer Virender Sehwag. They said it is Smith’s habit to do such things on the cricket field. We can see regularly Steve Smith’s shadow batting in my video before.
Steve Smith breaks his silence on the ongoing controversy:
Now it was time for Steve Smith to break his silence on the scuffing Pant’s batting guard mark. He said,
“I have been quite shocked and disappointed by the reaction. 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 Smith said to News Corp.
“It’s such a shame that this and other events have taken away from what was a great batting performance by India yesterday.” Steve Smith added.
India drew the third test of the Border Gavaskar series. Hanuma Vihari and Ravi Chandran Ashwin batted almost 44 overs with grit and resilience to satisfy Australia with a draw.
Justin Langer rubbished the claim of scuffing Pant’s batting guard mark:
Australia head coach Justin Langer denied all claims of Scuffing Pant’s batting guard mark. He said Smith can’t do such things as everyone knows that Steve Smith has a habit of doing such things on the cricket field.
“I literally cannot believe some of the rubbish I read about Steve Smith. Absolutely load of rubbish. If anyone knows Steve Smith, he’s a bit quirky and he does some weird thing and we’ve all laughed about it for the last couple of years and I’ve spoken about it publicly and privately.” Langer said in a press conference held on Tuesday, January 13.
“What Steve Smith does at the crease, probably most games, he’s thinking about the game. Anyone who suggests for one millisecond he was trying to do something untoward, they’re way out of line, absolutely out of line. That wicket was that flat and it was like concrete.” Langer added.
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