Steve Smith did former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, who yawned in 2019 World Cup and during recently-held 2nd ODI against England. Sarfaraz was trolled after a picture of him yawning during the 2019 World Cup went viral on social media. He has often been criticized for laziness but he hogged the limelight when the fans spotted him yawning again during the second T20I against England. He wasn’t a part of the playing XI during that game.
On Friday during Australia’s T20I against England, Steve Smith did an encore of Sarfaraz Ahmed and became the second cricketer to be trolled for yawning during an international match.
Steve Smith was part of the playing XI and was waiting for his turn when the fans noticed him. The internet was flooded with memes and jokes on the former skipper of Australia after the opening game of the series.
Steve Smith Yawns And Fails With Bat As England Defend 162 Successfully
Steve Smith came out to bat at number three following the dismissal of Aaron Finch in the 11th over. Playing his first match after nearly six months, the right-handed batsman scored 18 off 11 in the chase to a target of 163.
In the opening T20I, the Australia bowlers did well to restrict the home team on a total of 162. Dawid Malan top-scored for England and scored 66 off 43. Opener Jos Buttler also scored crucial 44 off 29.
Australia seemed to be on track to achieve the target but fell short by two runs. At one stage, the visiting team needed 36 runs from last 30 balls but the wicket of David Warner (58 off 47) was the turning point. Tom Curran, who is a final over specialist, successfully defended 14 runs off the last six balls and led England to a close victory.
Steve Smith’s Yawning Trolled By Fans On Twitter
Steve Smith, who yawned like Safaraz Ahmad, was trolled on social media twitter as fans took him apart as some blamed him for the loss, while others said it is contagious and some twitted that the virus is spreading.
Virus spread by Pakistan 😜😝
— khalid parvez (@kp_parvez) September 5, 2020
Imagine Sarfaraz in that scene
— Jan Tufail ↔️ (@tufailjan) September 5, 2020
reason of Australia's loss yesterday.
— Abdullah Sultan (@abdulsultan78) September 5, 2020
I feel less guilty for Sarfraz now😂
— Usama (@lionali13) September 4, 2020
England ki hawaon me hi koi nasha hai.. 😂😂
— Ikra Ghazal (@iqraghazal) September 4, 2020
The two teams will lock horns in the second T20I on Sunday (September 6) at the same venue. Following the three-match T20I series, they will also play three ODIs in Manchester from September 11 to 16.