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Steven Smith, Wriddhiman Saha Provide Comic Relief to Umpire Ian Gould

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 16, 2017, 4:51 PM IST
Steven Smith, Wriddhiman Saha Provide Comic Relief to Umpire Ian Gould

Steve Smith (R) and Wriddhiman Saha. collide during the first day of the Ranchi Test. Image credits: (BCCI Twitter)


New Delhi: The ongoing India vs Australia Border-Gavaskar trophy has been full of sledging, controversies and on-field altercations, but this particular instance during the opening day of the third Test in Ranchi caught everyone by surprise.

During the third session, Australia were firmly in command with skipper Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell at the crease for the visitors. Smith was nearing his well-deserved century while Maxwell had notched up his maiden Test fifty.

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On the third ball of the 80th over, Smith and Saha 'collided' in such a peculiar way that even the on-field umpire Ian Gould cannot keep himself from having a chuckle.

Ravindra Jadeja's delivery took an inside edge of Smith's bat and got lodged in between the Australian captain's pads. Thinking it was great opportunity to dismiss the batsman, Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha tried to pull the ball out from Smith's pads.

However, Smith was taking none of it and he took a tumble and in process also brought down Saha. The coming together of Saha and Smith amused umpire Gould as he had already called it a dead-ball.

The incident provided some relief for the fans as before that, the first day of the Ranchi Test had been a rather dull affair in comparison to the previous two matches of the series.

First Published: March 16, 2017, 4:35 PM IST

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