South Africa Test captain Faf du Plessis has expressed his surprise that Australian captain Steve Smith and Indian captain Virat Kohli weren’t punished for their DRS incidents in the Bangalore Test.
Steve Smith was accused of violating the spirit of the game after he was seen asking in the dressing room, whether to review the call or not.
Now Faf du Plessis, who himself was accused of shining the ball against Australia, has expressed his surprise that neither Smith nor Kohli were punished for their conduct.
Du Plessis believes, the offence he was accused was much less serious than the offence which Smith and Kohli have been accused of.
“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. 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.”
Du Plessis also commented that their ongoing series against New Zealand won’t get as heated as the series which is currently ongoing between India and Australia.
“Us and New Zealand are very similar in the way we play. We respect each other on and off the field and we play a similar brand of cricket. We don’t see that the way you carry on off the field will have an effect on the outcome. When you play a team like India and Australia that can happen and it’s easy to see how that can blow up. For me it has been good to be on the other side for a bit and to see how things unfold. It would have been interesting to see how the Australian media would have reacted to me doing that.”
Some valid points from Faf du Plessis.