Australia’s makes an attempt to ruffle the feathers of Indian batsman Rishabh Pant on the way in which to his stoic 97-run stand didn’t go unnoticed by eagle-eyed followers.
Pant stabbed, probed and blocked his method by way of the innings and breathe life into the Check match.
However after the resumption of play following a drinks break, followers seen that members of the Australian aspect got here to the crease.
The cameras reduce to imaginative and prescient from the stumps and confirmed members of the Australian workforce gathered round one finish of the wicket.
Steve Smith seems to make use of his ft to scuff the marks left by Pant. It then pressured the batsman to take his guard yet again.
The motion – whereas not unlawful – could possibly be seen as unsporting, a view shared by a variety of commentators.
“Sneakers can be utilized for a lot of issues,” stated former Indian Check batsman-turned commentator Aakash Chopra. “Eradicating an opponent’s batting guard mark too … Not for taking sharp catches although …”
Whereas Indian author Nikhil Popat stated: “Only a few groups take a lot effort to make sure you maintain hating them.”
A lot of Indian followers have been incensed, taking to social media to vent their frustration.
It didn’t appear to trouble Pant, nonetheless.
He returned to the crease and continued batting earlier than he completed on 97 after hitting 12 and three sixes fours from 118 balls to arrange an exhilarating finish to day 5 of the third Check.
The wicketkeeper went off for scans following an damage to his elbow inflicted by Pat Cummins within the second innings.
He didn’t maintain within the third innings, however was accessible to bat for the ultimate day’s motion.