A controversy erupted amidst the ongoing India Australia test series after Australian captain Steve Smith was accused of looking to the Australian dressing room for guidance while considering whether to review an LBW decision against him.
This action of Steve Smith, being described as a ‘brain-fade’, hasn’t gone down well with the cricketing community with many calling it against the spirit of the game.
Smith has conceded that he looked up to the Australian dressing room for confirmation on whether to review the LBW decision or not.
This confirms that he broke the rule that reviews must be dealt with by the players, on both sides, entirely on the field. There must be no off-the-field help or players on the field looking for it.
Indian captain Virat Kohli brought the discussion about alleged cheating by Steve Smith to the fore.
Kohli said, “I saw that (Australians seeking advice on DRS from the dressing room) two times happening when I was batting out there. I pointed it out to the umpire as well… and that’s why the umpire was at him (Smith). Sledging and playing against the opponents is different, but… I don’t want to mention the word, but it falls in that bracket. I would never do something like that on the cricket field.”
Steve Smith rubbished the allegations of cheating.
He said, “I got hit on the pad and looked down to Petey and he said ‘look up there’. So I turned around and it was a bit of a brain fade on my behalf. I shouldn’t have done that.
Chris Broad, the match referee, effectively rejected Kohli’s claim by stating that no other instance had been brought to the notice of the match officials.
Meanwhile, ICC played down the incident and advised both teams to focus their energies on the third Test in Ranchi.