Ball tampering incident should not define Steve Smith and his teammates: Rohit

Vastavam web: The ball tampering incident should not define Steve Smith and his two fallen teammates, according to Indian batsman Rohit Sharma, who said images of the former Australia skipper being escorted at Johannesburg airport and his tearful media conference in Sydney “resonated” with him.Smith today fought back tears as he claimed full responsibility for the ball-tampering scandal that destroyed his reputation, while David Warner and Cameron Bancroft also offered their apologies for the scandal that plunged Australian cricket into turmoil.

“The video of Steve Smith being escorted at the airport and his most recent press conference resonated with me. The spirit of the game is of utmost importance there’s no denying that,” Rohit wrote on his twitter handle.Spin great Shane Warne pointed to a picture of Smith being escorted by airport security in Johannesburg.

“This is disgraceful ! @stevesmith49 is not a criminal !!!!!” Warne had tweeted.With father Peter by his side, a visibly broken Smith faced an eager media after touching down in Sydney and broke down more than once while seeking forgiveness for plotting the now infamous ball-tampering episode in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.