Wasim Jaffer takes a dig at Steve Smith over pitch-scuffing saga in SCG
Former Australian captain Steve Smith came under fire for his string of poor scores in the first two Tests against India. He managed to score an aggregate of only 10 runs in Adelaide and Melbourne. However, he made a stellar rebound in the third Test match at SCG by scoring 131 and 81 in the first and second innings respectively.
After his incredible performance, he overtook Indian captain Virat Kohli in the ICC Test batting charts. Smith currently holds 900 rating points whereas Kohli is placed third in the rankings with 870 points. Smith was adjudged the man of the match for his batting display in the third Test. However, during the final day of the SCG Test, he was involved in a controversy.
Smith was caught on the stump cameras scuffing Rishabh Pant’s guard during the drinks break at the SCG. Pant, who essayed 97 runs on Day 5 had to remark his guard. Many pointed out that Smith used dirty tactics to unsettle Pant. His act didn’t go down well with former cricketers, experts and fans.
Amid severe backlash online, former Indian opener, Wasim Jaffer, who is currently the meme king on Twitter trolled Smith in a creative way. The former cricketer shared a meme from Bollywood blockbuster movie identified as ‘Sholay’, starring Amitabh Bachchan.
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 12, 2021
Meanwhile, a full video surfaced online showed that Smith wasn’t actually scuffing up the pitch. The incident happened during the drink breaks of the SCG Test where Smith was seen performing his routine exercise, which is also known as shadowing his wicket.
The cricketer was terribly upset with all the abuses and trolls around him. The No.2 Test batsman echoed that he never had intentions of any wrong act. The 31-year-old also went on to heap praise on Team India for their grit and determination on Day 5..
“It’s something I do in games to visualise where we are bowling, how the batter is playing our bowlers, and then out of habit I always mark centre. It’s such a shame that this and other events have taken away from what was a great batting performance by India yesterday,” former Australian captain Smith was quoted as saying to News Corp.
Tim Paine, the Australian skipper, also had Smith’s back, saying that he didn’t do anything wrong. “If you’ve watched Steve Smith play Test cricket, that’s something he does every single game five or six times a day. He’s always standing in the batting crease, shadow batting. As we know, he’s got those many Steve Smith quirks, and one of those is he’s always marking centre,” Paine said while defending his teammate.