Steve Smith has said that his interaction with the commentary team was not the reason for his dismissal against India in Tuesday night’s T20 international, adding that he believes the type of send-off he received from Virat Kohli is “not really on” once a batsman is dismissed.
Smith was caught by Kohli at cover during Australia’s loss to India in Adelaide on Australia Day, moments after he’d been in conversation with Wide World of Sports commentators Mark Nicholas, Ian Healy and Mike Hussey.
Smith had been interacting with the commentary team throughout the over from Ravindra Jadeja, providing viewers with a first-hand account of the match and his feelings out in the middle.
But his dismissal led to an aggressive send-off from Kohli and criticism, mainly on social media, that the interaction with Nine had distracted Smith and played a role in him getting out.
But the 26-year-old has taken full responsibility for losing his wicket, while he also added that Kohli’s behaviour was uncalled for.
“No, it was on at the time but for me it was just a bad shot,” Smith told Fox Sports on Wednesday night.
“I tried to chip one over the top for two rather than trying to hit him for four or six.
“So it was my fault and I’ve just got to be better next time.
“(Kohli) gets pretty emotional out there, doesn’t he?
“I don’t think you need to do that kind of thing when someone gets out.
“It’s fine to have a little bit of banter when you’re out in the field, but when someone’s out I don’t really think that’s really on.”
Kohli is known as one of the most combative players in world cricket and has engaged in some light-hearted banter with Australian allrounder James Faulkner on more than one occasion on this tour.
Speaking last week, the Indian superstar says he doesn’t walk out to bat with a specific plan to engage with the Australian players.
“I just like to make a bit of fun of any kind of argument out on the field,” he said before the Australia Day clash.
“It’s very different from the last few instances (in Australia); this time it’s been more cheeky and fun statements rather than guys swearing at each other or using bad words. Which I think is fair enough on the field.
“People watching should have some fun as well when they’re watching the game. I think it makes the sport more entertaining.
“There’s no harm in having a little cheeky chat with your opponent sometimes.”
(Cricket Australia Report)