The third Test between Australia and Team India ended yesterday. Though the match was drawn, the discussion of the match will continue for a few more days.
Sydney : The third Test match between Australia and Team India (Aus vs Ind 3rd Test) ended yesterday. Though the match was drawn, the discussion of the match will continue for a few more days. The comeback by Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma, the tough batting of the injured Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin to save the match, the excellent performance of the Indian bowlers, the racist remarks made by the Australian fans on Mohammad Siraj and Jaspreet Bumrah will all follow. The dirty game played by Australian Steve Smith will also be remembered by many. (India vs Australia: Steve Smith erases Rishabh Pant’s batting-guard marks)
At the start of the fifth day’s play, Team India lost 3 wickets for 102 runs in the morning session. The third wicket belonged to Ajinkya Rahane, a promising batsman and captain. It was rumored that the match was lost to India. But after Rahane’s dismissal, wicketkeeper and attacking batsmen Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara recovered Team India’s innings. The duo put on a brilliant 148-run stand for the fourth wicket. This was the highest run-scoring partnership by Team India for the fourth wicket in the fourth innings of the Test. Rishabh Pant, who started cautiously at the start, stormed the Australian bowlers after being set on the pitch.
Smith’s ‘Dirty Game’
Rishabh Pant, who initially scored 6 off 36 balls, had scored 73 off 90 balls by lunch. By lunch, India were 206 for three. After lunch, Pujara along with Pant also started shooting. Therefore, it seemed that the Pant-Pujara duo would lose the match to Australia. Australian players also looked tense. So the entire Australian team was scrambling to get rid of Rishabh Pant. At the same time Steve Smith tried to play the ‘Dirty Game’ by returning to his original incarnation. Smith began to try to distract Pant.
During the afternoon drinks break, Smith went to the pitch and tried to erase the batting guard mark on the pitch, making sure that no one would notice. He rubbed his feet on the pitch and erased the markings. But Smith’s dirty game didn’t help him. Because when Pant came on the pitch after the drinks break, he realized that the marking he had done was wrong. He then set the mark again by talking to the umpires and attacking the Australian bowlers once again.
Video goes viral
The video of Smith’s act has been going viral on social media for a long time. So everyone has started trolling him. Former Team India batsman Virender Sehwag has also tweeted a video of this and slapped Smith. Although Smith’s face is not visible in the video, the number 49 on his jersey is clearly visible as he leaves after finishing his work. Smith enters the Australian team wearing this number jersey.
Watch the video
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
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