Australian batsman Steve Smith has dismissed allegations of erasing guard marks of Indian batsman Rishabh Pant during the Sydney Test. In an interview after the match, Smith talked about the controversy and said that he was very surprised and disappointed by it. Since the last day of the Sydney Test, Smith has been continuously targeted on social media. Fans called him dishonest which has hurt Smith.
It was alleged that Pant’s guard mark was erased
Smith was the Man of the Match of the Sydney Test scored 131 runs in the first innings and 81 runs in the second innings. On the last day of the match, he came into the discussion not because of batting but because of controversy. At one time during the match, the pair of Rishabh Pant (97) and Cheteshwar Pujara put Australia in trouble with the excellent batting.
Their partnership was seen pushing Australia towards defeat. Meanwhile, in the first session, Steve Smith was seen wiping Mark off his foot at the crease. As soon as the video went viral on social media, Smith once again started being called dishonest.
Smith was making a mark on the pitch
Smith has denied all these allegations. He said in a conversation with News Corp, ‘I am disappointed with the way people have reacted to this. I do shadow batting in every match so that I know where we are bowling, how the batsmen are playing and that is why I always mark a center.’ Smith said that it was unnecessarily misrepresented. According to him, the controversy was in the spotlight instead of India’s great batting.
Before Smith, he was also supported by captain Tim Paine. Paine said, ‘Steve Smith is very disappointed. He is saddened by the way things unfolded. If you have seen Smith playing Test cricket then you would know that he does this in every match. He does this five to six times a day. I have seen him doing this in the Shield and International matches.