India vs Australia, 2nd Test: Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev among names who criticised Steve Smith over DRS row

Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and VVS Laxman criticised Australian skipper Steve Smith for seeking the dressing room's input for a DRS referral in the second Test against India.

PTI, Mar, 07 2017

Bengaluru: Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and VVS Laxman on Tuesday criticised Australian skipper Steve Smith for seeking the dressing room's input for a DRS referral in the second Test against India, saying it violated the spirit of the game.

In the 21st over of Australian second innings, Smith was trapped LBW by pacer Umesh Yadav and having already blown a DRS call, involving David Warner, the Australians were in a fix to go for another referral.

File photo of Steve Smith. AP

File photo of Steve Smith. AP

Smith first turned to the non-striker's end to seek an opinion but sparks flew when the umpires noticed that the batsman had turned towards the dressing room as well to get a clue. The on-field officials immediately intervened to stop Smith but matters came to a head when Virat Kohli too joined the discussion, leading to an exchange between him and the rival captain.

Asked about the incident which quickly turned into a full-blown controversy, Gavaskar said, "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 a referral or not.

"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," Gavaskar told NDTV.

Kohli at the post-match press conference said that he has seen the Australians looking upstairs before asking for a DRS.

"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," said Gavaskar further.

"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 added.

Former India captain Kapil Dev, ex-batsmen VVS Laxman and Aakash Chopra have also come down hard on Smith on the issue.

"It was so disappointing seeing Australian team's captain behaviour on field today. Totally against the spirit of this game," Kapil tweeted.

"Really disappointed with the way @stevesmith49 looked @ the dressing room 2 take a review.Totally against the spirit of the game??" Laxman tweeted.

Chopra wrote: "Looking at the dressing room for a signal to take the review??? Now....That's CHEATING." However, Australian great Adam Gilchirst said calling Smith a cheat for what he did would be a tad harsh. "I never played in the review era, but I'd suspect that's against the rules. Not a good thing. Sure he (Smith) will be reprimanded and move on," tweeted Gilchrist.

Published Date: Mar 07, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 07, 2017



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