A contrite Steve Smith has the capacity for greatness


On Thursday night, as the devastated, broken, young man faced the people he let down there was some comfort in knowing we were right to be proud in the first place.

We cherish cricket in this country. We hold our cricketers to a higher standard than everybody else because it is sport that gives us so much pride and hope. On Thursday night Steve Smith met those standards. He went on manfully, ashamed of his actions but not ashamed to show the world how abject he feels.

“I know I’ll regret this for the rest of my life,” he said.
“I’m absolutely gutted and I hope in time I can win back respect and forgiveness.”
He made no excuses. He sought no mitigation. He flailed himself and when it appeared he could not go on he went on some more.
Cricket was more than a game to Smith, this is more than a professional disaster. “Cricket’s been my life,” he said.
“I’m sorry and I’m absolutely devastated.”
Though I myself am not a cricket fan (I only watch the IPL and World Cup finals, once in 4 years and any India-Pakistan match I have time to watch), it did not take me long to realize that what the trio did was wrong, but at the same time are now regretting what they did. The media has hyped it enough. Let's give them space to sort out their feelings and hopefully made a great comeback once their ban lifts after one year.

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