In the game of cricket, “ball tampering” is a type of action in which a player illegally changes the condition of the ball. The main intention behind ball tampering fielders is to interfere with the ball’s aerodynamics to aid bowling.
Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were involved in the Cape Town ball tampering scandal that rocked the cricket fraternity in 2018. As a result, these three cricketers were slapped with bans. While Bancroft was banned for 9 months, Warner and Smith were banned for a year.
Tim Paine replaced Smith as test captain and Aaron Finch replaced Steve Smith as T20I and ODI captain. In the wake of the Sandpapergate scandal, Smith apologized to his fans and everyone for doing something against the spirit of cricket.
The cricketer himself took the blame for the notorious ball tampering scandal. During the press conference, Smith cried in front of reporters and the video went viral on social media platforms.
After a year, Smith is back in a big way to cricket. He finished as the top scorer in the Ashes 2019 series against England. He scored 144, 142, 92, 211, 82, 80, 23 in 7 innings, amassing 774 runs at a phenomenal average of 110.57.
The cricketer star beat 3 one hundred and thirty-five in the series. With these sensational figures, he engraved his name in the record books with the legendary Sir Donald Bradman. The Australian legend still holds the record for most runs scored in an Ashes test series – 974 runs in 1930.
Moving gesture by Virat Kohli
During the 2019 World Cup match between Australia is India, Smith was booed by most of the Indian fans. As things were slowly starting to get worse near the border, Indian skipper Virat Kohli made a heart-warming gesture.
The skipper had expressed his sympathy for Steve Smith. He also apologized on behalf of the Indian fans. Kohli also approached the crowd and asked them to stop whistling Smith.
Kohli gestured to them in cheering for a good brand of cricket. Subsequently, the Indian skipper approached the former Australian captain and shook his hand. The video has also spread like wildfire on social media platforms.
Kohli reveals why he stopped fans from booing Smith
The Border Gavaskar Trophy Test series is within hours of starting. Ahead of the Adelaide Test, the Indian captain, Kohli explained why he stopped the crowd from booing Smith. “It was an accident that happened. Guys, you understand what happened. You had gone through everything that had already happened and it has been done. I feel like nothing in life can be that permanent.
“It is not good to target such a person personally. As competitive as cricket is, there is a human side to the game and the players. Now we are here to chat. We also have a chat a few times during the IPL. There are cases where you keep meeting people. Cricket is all of this.
You don’t want to do something so unpleasant. This is one of the things I understand. In the long run you realize there is more to things in a larger perspective. At that moment, I thought it was not the right thing to do (by the fans), “concluded Kohli.