Rubbish: Steve Smith on Virat Kohli DRS allegation in Bengaluru Test

first_imgMarch 7, 2017 would probably go down as one of the darkest moments in an intense rivalry between India and Australia.In the course of an engrossing Bengaluru Test, as India fought for victory to draw level in the four-match series, Virat Kohli was left furious with his Australia counterpart Steve Smith.Things got heated in an already tense match when Smith looked up at the dressing-room for help with the DRS after the umpire upheld an LBW appeal from Umesh Yadav. According to rules, players are not allowed to seek external help – they are only allowed to consult their batting partners at the other end.Smith’s glance over to the dressing room for advice on whether to review a leg before wicket decision drew an explosive response from Kohli, who claimed it was third such time the Australian had sought assistance in the second Test.Kohli, later in a fiery press conference, dismissed Smith’s excuse of a brain fade and said it had happened on at least two other occasions during the Test.DRS – Dressing room review system? Smith tries to get some suggestions from the dressing room for a review #INDvAUS- BCCI (@BCCI) March 7, 2017However, that had been the end of an acrimonious incident and the ICC decided to take no action against anybody involved in the fracas. Smith would later go on to lead Rising Pune Supergiants in the IPL and steer them to the final.Seven months later in October, India and Australia squared off for an ODI and T20I series but tempers were in control this time. There was no reference to the past by either captain and it was understood everyone had moved on.advertisementBut the fire could be stoked again after Smith’s recent comments in an interview with a cricket website.Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, the Australian skipper said he had only looked at the dressing-room for DRS assistance on that one occasion. “I am not entirely sure about what he was coming on about there. Because that was the only moment that it ever happened.”Smith said he was also annoyed when stump mic recordings of Matthew Wade sledging Ravindra Jadeja during the series deciding Dharamsala Test were released by BCCI.Wade, the chirpy Australian wicketkeepr, could be heard giving a mouthful to Jadeja, who slammed a match-winning half-century for the hosts.  “It annoyed me that they had to sieve back through the archives and found those moments particularly pointing out light on our team when both teams were guilty of doing the same things. That was disappointing.”The broadcasters were told over and over again that they needed to turn the stump mics off but they kept putting a lot of pressure on in keeping the stump mics on which is unfortunate,” Smith told ESPN Cricinfo during the interview.last_img