Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has criticised Australia captain Steven Smith for seeking the dressing room’s input for a DRS referral in the recently-concluded second Test against India in Bengaluru.
The right-handed batsman was looking well-set after scoring 28 off 47 balls but was undone by a Umesh Yadav delivery that kept quite low and went on to hit the batsman’s pads in front of the stumps. Smith considered a review, discussing the subject with Peter Handscomb before the left-handed batsman appeared to suggest his skipper to look towards the dressing room for any assistance. And to everyone’s surprise, Smith did the same before he was caught by umpire Nigel Llong. India skipper Virat Kohli also joined the drama and had few exchanges with Smith before the Aussie skipper left the field.
“A lot of people was talking regarding this at the commentary box that the Australians looked up to the dressing room to get input from their computer guy whether they should go for referral or not,” said Gavaskar who was present in the commentary box when the incident occurred.
“It was quite blatant and Peter Handscomb suggested to Smith and then Smith asked the guy at the dressing room. I don’t think that was in the spirit of the game. We have to see what the ICC and Match Referee do,” the former India batsman told NDTV.
At the post-match press conference, India captain Virat Kohli said he even saw the Australian players seeking assistance from the change-room during the first three days of the match.
When asked about that, Gavaskar said:
“You have to take a decision on a DRS within 15 seconds on your own. I have not seen other earlier incidents but I saw it clearly when Smith did that today, he was clearly gesturing to the dressing room.
“If the Indian captain was saying that he has also seen such a thing (seeking input from dressing room) earlier also, then I think the match referee and the umpires should look into it,” he concluded.