Ball Tampering

Steve Smith gets extended support from Rohit Sharma

[caption id="attachment_64798" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Rohit Rohit Sharma and Steve Smith ahead of last year's Indian Premier League final. Image Source: twitter[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: Indian cricket team’s star opener Rohit Sharma thinks that ball tampering incident shouldn’t define Steve Smith and other two Australian cricketers. As per Rohit images of former Aussie skipper Steve Smith escorted by the police personals at the Johannesburg airport and later his tearful press-conference in Sydney “resonated” with him.

Smith was in all tears while claiming full responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal which destroyed his reputation, on the other hand both openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft apologised for the incident which put Australian cricket in deep trouble.

The developments in South Africa and Australia have not escaped Rohit’s attention.

“The video of Steve Smith being escorted at the airport and his most recent press conference resonated with me. The spirit of the game is of utmost importance there’s no denying that,” Rohit wrote on his twitter handle.

The swashbuckling batsman added, “They made a mistake and they accepted it. It would be unfair of me to sit here and question the board’s decision but they are great players and I don’t think this should define them.”

Spin great Shane Warne pointed to a picture of Smith being escorted by airport security in Johannesburg.

“This is disgraceful ! @stevesmith49 is not a criminal !!!!!” Warne had tweeted.

With father Peter by his side, a visibly broken Smith faced an eager media after touching down in Sydney and broke down more than once while seeking forgiveness for plotting the now infamous ball-tampering episode in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.

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