Rohit Sharma was seen shadow batting on the crease whilst Steve Smith and Cameron Green, the Australian batsmen on the crease, watched on Day Four of the fourth Test in Brisbane. Smith was accused of scuffing up Rishabh Pant’s guard through the Sydney Test. However, Australia captain Tim Paine, coach Justin Langer and even Smith denied any wrongdoing. India vice-captain Rohit, in contrast to Smith, wasn’t seen scuffing the batsmen’s guard whilst he shadow-batted between overs through the change of ends.
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“I have been quite shocked and disappointed by the reaction,” Smith had advised News Corp final week after the controversy broke out.
“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,” he added.
Langer had referred to as the allegations in opposition to Smith “absolute rubbish.”
“As for Steve Smith, I literally cannot believe some of the rubbish I’ve read — absolute load of rubbish,” Langer mentioned final week.
“I imply, anybody who is aware of Steve Smith, he’s a bit quirky… and we have now all laughed about it for the final couple of years.
“What Steve Smith does on the crease he does it most likely most video games, he is simply fascinated about the sport. Anyone who suggests for one millisecond he was attempting to do one thing untoward, they’re approach out of line,” Langer added.
India batting coach Vikram Rathour brushed the incident beneath the carpet, saying it did not matter to the Indians.
“Basically, we didn’t even know about the incident. We knew only after the game when the media picked it up. As a batsman, Rishabh Pant wasn’t even aware. I wouldn’t like to comment as it hardly mattered,” mentioned Rathour forward of the fourth Test.
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