India v Australia, 2nd Test, Bengaluru March 8, 2017

Smith-DRS incident was like 'an Under-10 game' - Ashwin

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Pujara's second-innings knock of 92 and R Ashwin's six wickets sealed India's come-from-behind win in Bengaluru © BCCI

R Ashwin has said Steven Smith's look towards the Australian dressing room for DRS advice on day four of the Bengaluru Test was "completely unheard of". Speaking to his team-mate Cheteshwar Pujara in a video, Ashwin said the incident reminded him of his junior cricket days.

"Steven Smith actually turned back and asked the dressing room if he could take a review," Ashwin said. "That is completely unheard of. The last time I thought that to happen was in an Under-10 game, when my coach used to suggest where point fielders and cover fielders used to stand.

"It was really surprising. I have a lot of respect for Steven Smith, but that was very very surprising."

There was a lot of chat on the field between the Indian and Australian players through the Test match, and Ashwin and Pujara detailed specific instances during their conversation. Pujara said he had been in David Warner's ear, telling him about Ashwin's record against him. Ashwin ended the match having dismissed Warner in both innings - and nine times over his career.

"Well, see, they were talking a lot and probably sledging is something which, as a unit, we felt that we can give them back," Pujara said. "They were always under pressure when they walked in to bat, and I wanted to make sure their batsmen were thinking about it, especially David Warner. Whenever he walks in to bat, Ash [Ashwin] is always happy, so I always keep reminding him that Ash is the one who picks [up his wicket]."

After dismissing Mitchell Starc, Ashwin sent him off by repeatedly pointing to his own forehead - mimicking the gesture Starc had made after Abhinav Mukund had top-edged him for six in India's second innings.

"I saw yesterday, Abhi [Mukund] pulled Mitchell Starc for a six, he top-edged it for six," Ashwin said. "But yes, I don't think he was in any sort of hurry when he pulled that ball, and Mitchell Starc suggested that he would hit him on the helmet. I don't know, people generally have the habit of saying I'll hit you back on the helmet at Gabba.

"It doesn't matter, this is Bangalore, so I thought I must tell him that he got hit off me, in the first innings, on the helmet."

Pujara also revealed that he had batted with a sore neck while scoring 92 in India's second innings.

"It was my neck which was troubling me a lot," Pujara said. "To be honest, it was a serious issue when I went in to bat in the second innings. I would like to thank Patrick Farhart, our physio, who made it possible for me to bat, and bat at No. 3, because there was one stage where I felt I might not be able to bat No. 3 because my neck was really sore. But he worked on it and ultimately I achieved the goal for the team."

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  • Mukund on March 12, 2017, 11:19 GMT

    Ashwin could not have been more appropriate...he has hit the nail on the head. Smith's act was childish.Anyone who has played cricket at such levels should show minimum sagacity.....I think Smith could not believe the way India was bouncing the Australians a taste of their own medicine.

  • indian on March 11, 2017, 4:56 GMT

    You are right willsrusty, they are all behaving like U-10's. Common guys have some value to your status.

  • Will on March 10, 2017, 10:22 GMT

    Priceless. One by one the Aussies and the Indians are showing us they have no class. Priceless.

  • andrew2711976 on March 9, 2017, 21:05 GMT

    @NIKHILSACHDEV - When the other side has pace bowlers who are equally good at exploiting the variable bounce, such tactics are either plain daft or the product of a fertile imagination.

  • hash55 on March 9, 2017, 18:37 GMT

    I distinctly remember Anil Kumble as India's captain making a comment after a test in Sydney that he captained against Ricky Ponting, India lost that test amidst a lot of sledging and appealing by Australia. Kumble's comment following the test was something like this. "Today there was one team that played cricket in the proper spirit and that was India." I wonder what Kumble must be thinking after the unnecessary antics and post-game comments of Kohli and Ashwin. I hope that he will instill in the Indian team that you can win with class while being competitive as they have. All they need to do is shun the silly gamesmanship and go about their job as other players are doing.

  • shired5700047 on March 9, 2017, 18:08 GMT

    Ash you should keep concentrating on your job rather than making like these headlines. Smith already admitted ,that it was mistake. We all know Smith as No 1 Test batsmen, you are also No 1 bowler will look forwrd to see you how much efficient you are outside india.

  • G on March 9, 2017, 17:24 GMT

    DRS needs a small change. Umpire's call needs to be tweaked. When the umpire originally makes the call, he doesn't have the benefit of the replays and so could've made a decision which isn't right. After all the replays and use of technology, the third umpire says it should be umpire's call. This umpire's call need not be the original umpire's call but instead the on field umpires together should consult and make a decision after all the replays. You have two umpires to do the job. It happens in other sports. In NFL, the umpires all talk with each other and make a final decision.

  • madhuk3697829 on March 9, 2017, 16:52 GMT

    I request to all who running the cricket academies please include this bloody DRS in your coaching manual. Use terminologies like pitching, impact, hack eye, snicko meter. Please adapt and it is very useful for upcoming cricketers. Seriously...

  • Mrcriccanada on March 9, 2017, 12:36 GMT

    @ALFERS ON MARCH 9, 2017, 10:56 GMT wickets the Pacers got were mostly gurbblers and it shows how bad the pitch is that the pacer's ball doesn't even bounce enough. Pathetic tactics by India, just to stay at the top. As someone said, No 1 side, not a good no 1 side let alone great No 1 side.

  • andrew2711976 on March 9, 2017, 10:56 GMT

    @Mervo - Pace bowlers took 14 wickets at Bengaluru. 'Removed from substantial influence'? Hardly. Well done though for posting about cricket and ignoring all the juvenile squabbles.

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