‘Shocked’ Steve Smith denies scuffing Pant’s guard mark, says disgrace India’s batting present acquired over-shadowed

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Australia’s premier batsman Steve Smith is “shocked and disenchanted” on the controversy created by the allegations levelled in opposition to him for a purported video the place he’s seen scuffing up the guard mark of Indian batsman Rishabh Pant on the fifth day of the third Check.

A video footage confirmed Smith scuffing up the batsman’s guard throughout drinks break within the first session on Monday. Pant scored a fluent 97 to boost India’s hopes for a win.

“I’ve been fairly shocked and disenchanted by the response,” Smith instructed Information Corp.

Smith says that he does it out of a conditioned reflex of making an attempt to visualise and perform a little shadow follow.

“It is one thing I do in video games to visualise the place we’re bowling, how the batter is taking part in our bowlers after which out of behavior I at all times mark centre,” Smith added.

After the video emerged, Smith confronted criticism on social media by followers and former India opener Virender Sehwag.

The previous skipper added that such an argument together with different incidents took the sheen off India’s outstanding batting efficiency.

“It is such a disgrace that this and different occasions have taken away from what was a fantastic batting efficiency by India yesterday,” Smith stated.

Earlier on Tuesday, Australia skipper Tim Paine had additionally defended Smith whereas asserting that the Indian crew would have raked up the difficulty if any fallacious was dedicated.

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