Du Plessis surprized by ICC inaction on Bangaluru DRS-controversy

Steven Smith

South Africa’s Test captain Faf du Plessis has admitted he was surprized over the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision not to impose any sanctions on both Virat Kohli and Steven Smith in the aftermath of the Bengaluru Test, which was marred by the DRS-controversy.

After the second Test in Bengaluru, which India managed to win by 75 runs to level the series at 1-all, Virat Kohli had accused Aussie skipper of abusing the Decision Review System (DRS) when making decisions. Smith was seen looking at the dressing room for advice on whether to ask for a forensic audit or continue his walk after he was adjudged lbw by Nigel Llong.

The on-field umpires denied Smith a review, but Kohli was particularly critical of the batsman’s gesture, as he aggressively followed his counterpart to voice his displeasure.

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Smith accepted that the whole incident was a ‘brain fade’ on his part.

“I got hit on the pad and looked down to Petey [Handscomb] and he said look up there, so I turned around and it was a bit of a brain fade on my behalf. I shouldn’t have done that.” he said.

“I was looking at our boys, so shouldn’t have done that and it was a bit of a brain fade.”

Du Plessis remarks came after the ICC decided not to charge the involving parties with any breaches of their code of conduct.

“I was [surprised that no one was charged] purely from the reason of what I went through for something I feel was a lot smaller and a lot less… whatever you want to call it. So yes, surprised with that,” du Plessis said, after South Africa drew with New Zealand in Dunedin.

“It [the reaction from the ICC] was different. I am surprised by the way it happened. Maybe it’s just because I speak on from a personal point of view and I felt that I was treated very harsh but when you see something like that you hope that it would be exactly the same.”

Previously, Du Plessis was robbed of his match fee and handed two demerit points after a television footage showed him chewing on a mint and using saliva to add extra shine to the ball during the Hobart Test. The 32-year-old appealed and lost but has always denied ball tempering.

He further added that it is very unlikely that there would be a similar aggression on show during their ongoing series against New Zealand.

“When you play teams like India and Australia obviously that can happen and it’s easy for something like that to blow up,” he said.

“For me, it’s just been good to be on the other side of it this time and see how things unfold.”