Following the much talked about ball-tampering row in South Africa, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly tagged Warner, Smith and Bancroft’s actions under the bracket of ‘absolute stupidity.’
Further, the CAB President affirmed that this time around, Smith might have had a brain fade, as opposed to the incident at Bengaluru last year.
“Steven Smith need not have to do it (ball tampering). I think what Smith did or David Warner did or Bancroft did was ‘absolute stupidity’,” claimed Sourav Ganguly during a show on India Today.
“Actually, I think he (Smith) had a brain fade. I thought it was for the sake of just saying when he last said in India that he had a brain fade. But after this incident, I thought he actually had a brain fade,” Ganguly reckoned.
Dada believes Smith and co. invited troubles for themselves due to their ‘win at all cost’ attitude. Australia’s sportsman spirit can be traced back to Trevor Chappell’s underarm incident.
“This idea to win at all cost (of the Australians) is not right. There was this underarm delivery in a Test against New Zealand in 1981. That is the way Australia has been playing cricket,” mentioned the proclaimed god on the off-side.
A cricketing discussion about Australian cricket incident without talking of the infamous Sydney Test remains incomplete.
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Ganguly cited out instances from the instances in 2008, where Australia’s sportsmanship was brought into the limelight.
“In the contest in 2008, there was only one side playing with the spirit of the game. I was batting at 60-odd and Ricky Ponting got me out one bounce. After I got out, the Test match was different,” concluded Sourav Ganguly.
The infamous Test also saw the entire Monkeygate unfold. Harbhajan Singh also voiced his opinion regarding the harsh measures undertaken by ICC, which reeked of prejudice and biases towards Australia.
“Without any proper investigation and without any proof (in the Monkeygate scandal in 2008), I was handed three-match ban and here you see the player (Bancroft) who was actually involved in ball tampering was let off with a fine of 75 percent of match fee,” added Bhajji, who was also present in the panel.