New Delhi: Amidst all the gloom and the sadness due to the ball-tampering incident involving former Australia skipper Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, there came a moment of comic relief at last. The setting was the Faf du Plessis press conference a day before the fourth Test against Australia.
As expected, the questions directed at him were less to do with the game at hand and more to do with the ball-tampering scandal. On Thursday, Du Plessis had seen Smith breaking down at the Sydney Airport during the Aussie's presser and sent him a compassionate text asking him to stay strong. But as Du Plessis was answering a question thrown at him by a reporter and he was gathering words to provide his view on the entire episode, a mobile kept at his table rang and rang loudly with a weird ringtone.
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That was it. The entire room was filled with laughter while Du Plessis put that very funnily saying, "Now that is a shocking ringtone. Looks like you are reporting for that ringtone" while also trying to answer the call. As the mobile was put on silent, Du Plessis went back to answering the question but he forgot what the question was. So he requested that the questions be asked again.