Australian skipper Steve Smith and his team held a relaxing session with the Dalai Lama where they learnt about keeping their cool, just a day ahead of the high-pressure series decider against India. Smith has been in the centre of a controversy after his opposite number Virat Kohli accused him of systematically abusing the Decision Review System during the second Test in Bangalore.
With emotions running high, the Australian team held a private meeting on Friday morning with the Dalai Lama who has lived in exile for over half a century in McLeodganj.
The Australia captain revealed that he had
asked the noble laureate about how to get a peaceful night's sleep during a high-pressure Test match. "I asked him a question about sleeping and how he could help me and he gave me his blessings," Smith said at a news conference. "We rubbed our noses together. Hopefully it will help me with my sleep over the next five days!"
The Dalai Lama posed with signed Australian cricket shirt after meeting the players.
The Australian team proved to be lucky that they got to
meet the spiritual leader as the touring England team in 2013
visited the monastery but could not meet him.
"It's a tough game but at the end of the day it's just a game and you need to realise that at times. I guess that is something this team can take from meeting the Dalai Lama," Smith said.
Tibetan Spiritual Leader The Dalai Lama (left) greets Australian touring cricket captain Steve Smith (right) at his residence in Dharamsala on March 24, 2017, ahead of the fourth and final Test cricket match between India and Australia.
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Day ahead of series decider against India, Steve Smith-led Australian team seeks blessings of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at his monastery in Dharamsala and learn about keeping their cool
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