Indian team batting coach Vikram Rathour said on Thursday wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant was unaware of the “pitch scuffs” made around the batting zone on the final matchday. of the third test on Monday. Steve Smith was seen rubbing the area around the batting area on day five of the third test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground and social media users began to question the Australian batsman for his skill at the game. Rathour said they weren’t even aware of the incident and it had no effect on Pant’s stick, who became the youngest wicket keeper to score more than fifty points in the fourth innings of a test match in Australia.
“Basically we didn’t even know about the incident. We didn’t know until after the game when the media picked it up. As a batsman Rishabh Pant didn’t even know about it. no comment as it didn’t matter, “Rathour said on the eve of the final test.
Smith said he was shocked and disappointed to see the reaction that came after he was seen scratching the area around the crease of the stick.
“I was pretty shocked and disappointed with the reaction to that. It’s something I do in games to visualize where we’re bowling, how the batter is playing our bowlers and out of habit I always score the center,” Smith told the Daily Telegraph, as reported by Fox Sports.
Australian test skipper Tim Paine rallied with Smith on Tuesday, saying the drummer was practicing shadow and he was certainly not trying to change the guard of Rishabh Pant on the last day of the pink test against India .
“I told Steve about it. He’s really disappointed with the way he appeared. If you watch Steve Smith play Test cricket, it’s something he does every game five or six times a day. He does it a lot. He’s always in the crease at batting. As we know he has these many Steve Smith quirks. One of them is that he was always scoring the center. He certainly wasn’t changing. custody of Pant, “Paine said at a virtual press conference.
“I imagine if he had been, the Indian players would have been a little stinky back then. I’ve seen Steve do it a number of times in tests and games I’ve played against him. He likes it. visualize how he’s going to play. Yesterday, we could see him up there playing shots as a left-hander where he wanted Lyon to throw the ball, ”he added.
India and Australia will now face each other in the fourth and final test at Gabba, Brisbane, starting on Friday. The third test between the sides ended in a draw.
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