There is not a single day of the India-Australia Test which is going without a controversy as the Australian commentator Jim Maxwell and Aussie cricketer Dirk Nannes have accused India of not applauding Australian captain Steve Smith’s fighting century. It was suggested that it might be a dramatic response from the Indian players to his second Test “brain fade”.
Nannes told ABC Grandstand, “The disappointing aspect for me today was none of the Indians actually clapped when he got to his hundred. You can bicker and argue all you want and play the game hard with lots of niggles but when someone stands up and puts together an innings like that that’s absolutely chanceless, that’s a time you’ve just got to applaud.”
It was observed that none of the Indian players applauded Smith’s achievement, who scored a century against India in the third Test at Ranchi. Nannes said that it was probably the disappointing thing and they should not have done that, no matter what’s happened before.
He added, “Not one of the Indian players clapped Steve Smith when he made a hundred. You can’t do that. No matter what’s happened before, you’ve got to acknowledge when someone does a good thing. If I was the captain, I’d be ropeable.”
Aussie cricket commentator Jim Maxwell also questioned India’s conduct and wrote on Twitter, “Unfortunate or just disrespectful!”
However, Aussie skipper Steve Smith did not make any comments on Indian players for not applauding his century, he stated, “You cannot control the past. I came out and said I made a mistake and moved on from there. And 4/300, we will take that, but tomorrow is going to be a crucial day for us.”