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Brain fade incident put Captain Smith in limelight, says Michael Clarke

Clarke defended Smith, saying his infamous moments were due to pressure.

By Jatin Sharma -


Steve Smith recently apologized for his behavior during the India tour of 2017 in a press conference after the fourth Test at Dharamshala ended in Australia’s defeat. The tour had started brilliantly for the Aussies, as they defeated India at Pune in humiliating fashion.

However, as the series moved to Bengaluru, things heated up and Smith found himself in the eye of the storm, as he asked for help from pavilion for a DRS referral after he was given out LBW on a Umesh Yadav delivery. Umpire Nigel Llong and Virat Kohli immediately asked Smith to walk back to the pavilion and whole thing blew up. Kohli almost called Smith a cheat and Smith termed the incident as a ‘brain fade’ moment for him.

In a post match conference, Smith apologized saying,” I have been pretty intense throughout this series. I really wanted to do well for the team. At times I have been in my own bubble and have let my emotions slip. I apologize for that.”

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, who was on commentary duty during the series said,” As captain, Smith would never have experienced scrutiny like this before. Always a difference being player and captain. There are extra eyes on you as skipper. Even off the field – people listen and watch and judge you for what comes out of your mouth. That DRS incident certainly was a huge moment in this series. It caused a lot of tension and fire in the series.”

Clarke however supported Smith on his comments about being in a bubble during the duration of the match, which caused him to crumble under pressure and do things he now regret like the DRS incident or using expletives aimed at Murali Vijay during the final moments of the Dharamshala Test.

Clarke said, “I understand what Smith means about the bubble. I had that too – I was successful because of it also – the clarity that comes with it.”

Jatin Sharma

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