Aussie cricket star Steve Smith makes his IPL commentary debut as a HOLOGRAM in bizarre scenes that fooled plenty of cricket fans
- Steve Smith made IPL commentary debut
- Wasn’t in the studio, was actually a hologram
- The digital technology impressed many fans
Australian cricket star Steve Smith has turned heads following his commentary debut in the Indian Premier League.
In bizarre scenes, the 33-year-old appeared as a hologram on Star Sports for the tournament opener on Friday.
It followed the veteran announcing earlier this week he was ‘joining an exceptional and passionate team.’
Given Smith wasn’t signed for any IPL franchises, many fans felt he would instead feature in commentary.
They proved on the money, with Smith ‘appearing’ in the studio alongside fellow Aussies Tom Moody and Aaron Finch.
Australian cricket star Steve Smith has turned heads following his commentary debut in the Indian Premier League
In bizarre scenes, Smith (pictured left) ‘appeared’ in Star Sports’ studio in India – it was actually a hologram, with the star batsman remaining back home in Australia
Smith – who has remained home in Sydney – was beamed virtually to the Star Sports studio in India.
It didn’t take long for the impressive digital technology to become a talking point on social media.
‘He looks like he is really present. Science-fiction type stuff,’ one said, with another speaking for many when he tweeted ‘wonderful use of technology by Star Sports.’
The network confirmed Smith’s role in a statement on Friday.
‘Steve Smith has joined the expert panel for the marquee [IPL] tournament.
‘He will be making his broadcast debut with Star Sports, adding his invaluable insights and expertise to Star Sports’ already impressive roster of panellists.’
On Tuesday, Smith told his legion of Twitter fans he had some ‘exciting news.’
Smith impressed many Aussie cricket fans with his leadership skills after filling in for Pat Cummins in the recent Test series against India
‘Namaste India, I’ve got some exciting news for you. I am joining IPL 2023.
‘Yes that’s right, I am joining an exceptional and passionate team in India.’
Smith hasn’t played in the IPL for the last two years and went unsold in the 2023 auction.
Some felt a franchise might secure his services following some scintillating performances when representing the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash earlier this year.
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