Former Australia captain Steve Smith broke his silence about the scuffing of Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s guard mark in the recently concluded 3rd Test between India and hosts Australia at the famous Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Tuesday. After this incident, Cricket fans remembered the incident when Steve Smith had done the sandpaper gate in 2018.
Cricket fans brutally bashed on Smith and he started trending on Twitter just after the match. Now Steve Smith responds to allegations of scuffing Rishabh Pant’s guard mark.
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/IfttxRXHeMAdvertisement
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2021
Smith responded that he was shocked and disappointed by the allegations leveled against him. Smith told News Corp,
“I have been quite shocked and disappointed by the reaction. It’s something I do in games to visualize where we are bowling, how the batter is playing our bowlers, and then out of habit I always mark center. It’s such a shame that this and other events have taken away from what was a great batting performance by India yesterday.”
Here is the video which shows that Smith was not scuffing Rishabh Pant’s guard mark.
Full video of Steve Smith incident 👇🏻 pic.twitter.com/wQRmaLMNWR
— middle stump (@middlestump4) January 12, 2021