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‘No way did a grown man like Odean Smith give that send-off to a teenager’ – Twitter disgusted by bowler’s aggression

Punjab Kings pacer Odean Smith was criticised for his aggressive celebration of the wicket of MI’s Dewald Brevis, in the encounter between PBKS and MI on Wednesday (April 13). After Brevis was caught at backward square, Smith was seen pumping his fists and shouting in the young man’s face as he walked back to pavilion.

The 18-year year old Brevis played outstandingly well for his 49 runs, which came off just 35 balls. He hit four fours and five huge, effortless sixes, one of which came off the irate Smith’s bowling. The West Indies fast-bowler was already fuming over a dropped catch off the previous ball; he had bowled a full delivery slightly wide of off stump which Brevis whacked straight to deep third man. The fielder misjudged the height of the ball, and took his time running in, so by the time he got there it slipped between his fingers and went for four.

However, the drop only cost only those four runs. The very next ball, Smith bowled a short delivery right on the body and it took the top edge of Brevis’ bat. Arshdeep Singh at backward square made no mistake this time and pouched a sharp catch at eye-level. According to Twitter, 25-year-old Smith, who has 15 international caps, should’ve known better than to scream in the face of a teenager, but that’s what he did.

That wicket signaled the end of the 84-run partnership between Dewald Brevis and and Tilak Varma, which took just 41 balls. 19-year-old Varma also played a special knock of 36 from 20, and the stand between the two teenagers was truly special to watch. The pair of youngsters were threatening to take the game away from PBKS, and they were under pressure to produce a breakthrough. Brevis smashed four cosecutive sixes off the bowling of Rahul Chahar, plundering 28 runs off the leg-spinner’s over.

Twitter reacts with disgust at the ‘unjustified’ aggression by Odean Smith against teenager Dewald Brevis

 

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