Matt Renshaw’s confession: When you need to go to the toilet, you have to go

Matt Renshaw said Australia captain Steve Smith wasn’t thrilled when an upset stomach forced him to retire ill in the first session of Day 1 of the Pune Test against India but he didn’t have a choice against nature’s call.

cricket Updated: Feb 24, 2017 14:51 IST
Matt Renshaw,‪Steve Smith‬,‪Australia national cricket team‬
Australia captain Steve Smith (left) and umpire Nigel Llong of England look on as Matthew Renshaw holds his stomach while running back to the pavilion on Day 1 of the first Test against India in Pune on Thursday.(AFP)

It’s quite common to see a batsman walk back sluggishly to the dressing room, usually dejected after being dismissed off a poor shot or a gem of a delivery. But on Thursday, the 7,504 people who had made their way to the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, witnessed something completely different. (DAY 1 BLOG)

It was the 28th over of the Australian innings and right after Warner was dismissed by Umesh Yadav in his first over of the day, Matt Renshaw was seen sprinting back to the dressing room after ‘retiring ill’.

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It later surfaced that he had an upset stomach. At the media interaction after close of play, the 20-year-old admitted that even though he wanted to run back for quite some time, it was only after Warner’s dismissal that he couldn’t wait any longer.

“It came pretty suddenly… probably about five or ten minutes before Davey (David Warner) got out. I asked Richard (Kettleborough, the umpire) how long was it before lunch and he told me it was still around half-an-hour. It wasn’t an ideal situation to be in. I didn’t know whether it was retired out or retired ill so I had to ensure I knew that bit first,” said Renshaw.

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Renshaw, who scored a fine knock of 68 to help Australia reach 256/9 at the end of the day, further added that he had spoken to his captain Steve Smith later in the lunch break to sort out the confusion. “He wasn’t particularly thrilled about it but he understands that when you need to go to the toilet, you have to go to the toilet. It wasn’t an ideal scenario so that (the break) was life, pretty much,” he said.

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India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar too couldn’t help poke some fun while addressing the media. “No amount of concentration and temperament can hold you back when you need to go to the toilet,” he said.

Renshaw however came out after the fall of the third wicket and paced his innings well before being dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin. “I knew I could be letting the team down and hence wanted to go out there and do my bit and just make sure that we had a pretty good day,” he said.

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“I’ve never seen such a pitch like that so I went in with a pretty open mind and tried to do what I normally do in Australia, which is to bat as long as possible and try and wear down the bowlers.”

Renshaw added that he was particularly happy to have played well against the spin duo of Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. “I was just making sure that I had plans for all the bowlers, especially Ashwin and Jadeja. They are the main threats that’s (sic) against us in this series and I thought we handled them pretty well,” Renshaw.

First Published: Feb 23, 2017 20:09 IST