Australia was severely outplayed by India in the second Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, after a respectable start. In the second innings, the master of spin Ravindra Jadeja took seven wickets and Ravichandran Ashwin struck out three batters.
It absolutely dismantled Australia’s batting lineup, and as a result, the Pat Cummins-led team could only put 113 runs on the board in their second at-bat. India faced its own challenges but ultimately prevailed by six wickets.
It was interestingly noted that several Australian batters were out in the second inning while performing the sweep shot. One of those individuals was former captain Steve Smith, who attempted to play an unusual shot without taking hisfront foot away from the ball’s path and pretty carelessly lost his wicket. His teammates, however, failed to learn anything from it, and several of them tried the same thing and died.
Batting coach Michael di Venuto described Steve Smth’s tantrum in the locker room after his removal following Australia’s subsequent lacklustre performance. But everyone in the dressing room was made aware of the cricketer’s displeasure, Venuto said he hasn’t yet talked to the player.
I haven’t yet discussed that with him or where he is. Yet, he loves and is enthusiastic about these circumstances. He will be disappointed that he hasn’t had the influence he would have hoped just now.
His disappointment was evident when hewalked off the field and announced in the dressing room that the shot was bad. According to Venuto, who was reported by the Hindustan Times, “I think most people would have heard that, so they should have had a pretty good sense of what not to do.