Melbourne: Steven Smith, hitting back at Virat Kohli for a send-off following his dismissal during the first Twenty20, said the chatter-box gesture by the ’emotional’ Indian was not required at all. (Steven Smith Dismissal Triggers Debate on Channel Nine’s Live Mike Chat)
Smith lost his wicket soon after a live chat with TV Commentators, triggereing debate if the technology was doing more harm than good to the game. (After Virat Kohli’s Brilliant 90, Spinners Help India Clinch Adelaide Twenty20 vs Australia)
“He 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 is out I don’t think that’s really on,” Smith told Fox Sports.
The Test skipper blamed poor shot selection for his dismissal rather than indulging in a discussion with the commentators.
“It [the commentary] was on at the time, but for me it was just a bad shot. I tried to chip one over the top for two rather than trying to hit him for four or six. It was my fault and I got to do better next time,” he said.
While Kohli’s gesture suggested that he wasn’t impressed with Smith’s chatter, even fans seemed to believe that the live mic-chat led to the Australian batsman’s dismissal as the hosts lost the match by 37 runs.
Social media was abuzz with reactions to Smith’s chat and even analysts denounced technology’s interference in the game.