South Africa captain Faf du Plessis admitted that he was surprised to find neither Virat Kohli nor Steve Smith being charged by the ICC after the DRS fiasco in the Bangalore Test.
According to a report on ESPNCricinfo, du Plessis said he felt that the actions of both Kohli and Smith were of a more serious nature than the accusations that were levelled against him of shining the ball with the help of an artificial substance during the Hobart Test against Australia.
While Smith later clarified that he didn’t intentionally look back at the dressing room seeking advice for a referral, Kohli slammed it at the media interaction later stating that it wasn’t the first time he found the Aussie skipper doing so.
Thus, the International Cricket Council’s decision to not take any action against both captains did come as a surprise for du Plessis.
“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,” ESPNCricinfo quoted du Plessis as saying. “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.”
During the Proteas’ tour Down Under , du Plessis was found to apply saliva on the ball in order to shine it while sucking on a sweet. It was a level-2 offence according to the ICC who fined him 100 per cent of his match fees and added two demerit points to his record.
The South African skipper decided to appeal but the ICC stuck to it’s decision but allowed him to play the Adelaide Test in which he scored a fine century.
Even though the prolific batsman didn’t want to be involved in the controversy, he did take a dig at the Australian media, stating: “It would have been interesting to see how the Australian media would have reacted to me doing that.”