Well, the former Australian skipper Steven Smith is nearing to end his ban period. He is pretty much eager to make things fall in place and don the Australian Jersey at the highest level. Meanwhile, he acted in a TV commercial for Vodafone, which came up with an apt title ”Redemption. Meanwhile, it creates controversy.
After admitting the ball-tampering crime, Steven Smith went through a lot in the past few months. However, he spent time by playing in various tournaments across the globe to stay in touch with the game.
I was in a pretty dark space – Steven Smith
Steven Smith quoted that he was in a pretty bleak situation when things are falling around him. He also spoke about the difficult times and his honesty in admitting the crime and taking the onus on him during the tough phase of his career.
The Advertisement displayed Steven Smith using his cricket gear to the perfection and recollected those glorious days of his life. He gave the background vocals to the commercial, which made it look brilliant in its own way.
”Everything I dreamed of, everything I was a part of was just falling to pieces,” Smith says in the commercial. I was in a pretty dark space. It was just about being upfront and honest and taking responsibility. I’ve certainly had some difficult days. But it’s OK to be vulnerable. Everyone makes mistakes; it’s about the way you respond to it that’s really important.”
The ad titled ‘Gutsy is Calling’ aired a day after Australia won their first Test after the sandpaper scandal, beating India at Perth under Tim Paine captaincy. He also quoted ”I want to come back better than I was.”
Officially, the ban will complete in upcoming March. He will be representing Rajasthan Royals in Indian Premier League 2019 before making his way to Australian dugout for the ICC World Cup 2019.
Here is the commercial: