Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan, who is currently busy promoting his forthcoming movie October has sympathized with Australian cricketer Steve Smith, who has been banned for a year by the Cricket Australia over ball-tampering.
Varun on Thursday night tweeted a photograph of Smith and captioned: "Watching Steven Smith apologise and look broken is very sad. I'm sure the fans will forgive him. He looks beyond remorseful. I hope and pray he will come out of this ordeal a better cricketer. The mental the emotional trauma I'm sure is bigger than any ban."
Watching #stevensmith apologise and look broken is very sad. I’m sure the fans will forgive him . He looks beyond remorseful I hope and pray he will come out of this ordeal a better cricketer. The mental the emotional trauma I’m sure is bigger then Any ban. pic.twitter.com/FsDJcVs8Er— Varun ZAFAR Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) March 29, 2018
Smith stepped down as Australia captain for the remainder of the ongoing third Test against South Africa and was penalised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on March 25 in the wake of the ball-tampering controversy.Smith's deputy David Warner also stepped down as vice-captain. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine acted as captain at Newlands, with both Smith and Warner taking the field on March 25.
Meanwhile, Varun's October, which is a slice-of-life drama directed by Shoojit Sircar has Banita Sandhu opposite him. The flick is slated to release on April 13.
(With IANS inputs)
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