Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag slammed Australian batsman Steve Smith after he was caught removing Rishabh Pant’s batting guard on Day 5 of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
For the unversed, the controversial incident took place after drinks break in the second session of the fifth day. After the break, Smith went to the crease for shadow-batting before proceeding to remove the guard mark of Rishabh Pant.
(Read full report here: Watch: Steve Smith Caught Red-Handed Removing Rishabh Pant’s Guard Mark)
Talking about the match, Steve Smith’s action was followed by Rishabh Pant’s stunning performance. The Indian keeper-batsman slammed 97 off 118 balls, with the help of 12 fours and 3 sixes.
After Pant’s dismissal, Pujara held the game and ensured the momentum didn’t turn in Australia’s favor. Pujara faced 205 balls for his 77 runs and smashed 12 boundaries. However, he too was dismissed of delivery from Josh Hazlewood.
Later, both the Bravehearts Hanuman Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara ‘bored’ the Aussies into submission. Both the cricketers denied the Australians even a single wicket for the next 30 overs or so. Ravichandran Ashwin displayed incredible resistance with the bat as he kept the hopes alive of millions of fans. Ashwin and Vihari played an incredible role in earning India a draw, which almost felt like a glorious win.
After the match came to an end, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag took to his Twitter and slammed the Australian cricket team for using dirty tactics like Steve Smith trying to remove Pant’s guard marks from the crease. He also heaped praises on the Indian cricket team for making the whole country proud.
“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.”
Here, check out the Tweet:
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