Watch: Fans Furious After Video Shows Steve Smith Scuffing Rishabh Pant's Guard Marks During Drinks Break
Australia vs India: A video of Australia's Steve Smith scuffing Rishabh Pant's batting guards during the drinks break became a huge talking point on social media.
Steve Smith scuffing Rishabh Pant's batting guards during drinks break
The incident became a huge talking point all over social media
The Indian fans reacted furiously questioning Smith's intentions
With Indian batsmen fighting hard to save the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) with great grit and determination, a video of Australia's Steve Smith scuffing Rishabh Pant's batting guards during the drinks break in the second session became a huge talking point all over social media, leading to fans questioning his intentions. Pant, who was promoted up the order after India lost skipper Ajinkya Rahane early in the first session, made Australian bowlers toil in the field, with one of the best counter-attacking knocks in recent times.
The incident occurred in the middle session when players were having the drinks break. The incident recorded in the stump cam showed Australia's Steve Smith walking up to the batting crease and doing left-handed shadow batting.
However, what happened afterwards got many people talking on social media as Smith was apparently seen rubbing his shoes over the batting guards marked by India's wicket-keeper batsman.
Here's the video of the incident as caught on stump cam:
Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara stitched a solid 148-run stand for the fourth wicket to give Australia a cause of worry. Pant, after a cautious start, took Australia bowlers, especially Nathan Lyon to the cleaners with his attacking stroke play.
Here's how some fans reacted:
Brainfade in India,— Manish (@iHitman55) January 11, 2021
Sandpaper in South Africa,
Scuffing pitch in Australia,
What a player Steve Smith is. Performs everywhere. #AUSvIND
Lyon finally got the better of his man as he got rid of Pant in the 80th over just three-short of his century. After Pant's departure, Pujara also got out in pretty quick succession after scoring 77 runs off 205 balls.