Who would know the pain of serving the punishment better than South Africa Test captain Faf du Plessis. Not long back, he was made to serve a fine for being involved in a mint-gate controversy against the same side, who was on receiving end in the ongoing series against India.
Surprised over the fact that no decision has been taken on the DRS drama, which led to a lot a chaos, as many cricketers and critics happen to put their nose into the matter, Faf said the matter might not be as big as his one in his own eyes, but feels a decision deserved to take place.
In the second Test match in Bengaluru, Australian captain Steven Smith was accused making an ill-intent by asking any clue over his LBW call from the dressing room, which he was given out. Later Indian skipper Virat Kohli and umpire Nigel Llong held him red-handed and former was seen accusing the Aussie for doing it more than once in the match. By the books of law, no one is allowed to seek any advice from the dressing room and if someone is caught doing so, he or she will get punished.
Having to face criticism in Down Under over chewing a gum, Faf said maybe the punishment he served was a bit harsh given the cause of concern and that incidents which tend to hamper game’s integrity should be monitored closely. During Australia series last year, he was seen altering the seam of the ball by using an outside substance, a mint, for which he was fined but wasn’t banned.
“I was [surprised that no one was charged] purely from the reason of what I went through for something I feel was a lot smaller and a lot less… whatever you want to call it. So yes, surprised with that. It [the reaction from the ICC] was different. I am surprised by the way it happened. Maybe it’s just because I speak on from a personal point of view and I felt that I was treated very harsh but when you see something like that you hope that it would be exactly the same.”
Taking a dig at the Australian media, Faf said it would have been interesting to know how they would have reacted had he done that stuff on the field. Putting his safe foot forward, Faf said South Africa and New Zealand play same brand of cricket and if one comes up against teams like Australia and India, nerves are expected to get on the players, which has often happened in their case in past too.
“Us and New Zealand are very similar in the way we play. We respect each other on and off the field and we play a similar brand of cricket. We don’t see that the way you carry on off the field will have an effect on the outcome. When you play a team like India and Australia that can happen and it’s easy to see how that can blow up. For me it has been good to be on the other side for a bit and to see how things unfold. It would have been interesting to see how the Australian media would have reacted to me doing that.”