Indian cricket icon Sachin Teldulkar gives an explanation of what sets Steve Smith apart from the rest, after the 30-year old smashed a double century to put Australia in the driving seat in the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Steve Smith, recently overtook Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the ICC Test ranking to become the number one Test batsman.
Regardless, of his 12 months ban from the game, Smith knocked 211 runs on day 2 after which the Australian side declared their first innings at 497/8.
Steve Smith did not feature in the third Ashes Test because of an injury, but came back strong by smashing not only his 26th Test hundred but converted it into a double hundred. In the process Steve Smith also shattered a number of records, including ousting Tendulkar from the second spot in the fastest on 26 Test century list.
Sachin Tendulkar, however, was so impressed by Steve Smith’s batting that he took to twitter to explain the Australian’s technique of batting. “COMPLICATED TECHNIQUE but an ORGANIZED MINDSET is what sets Steve Smith apart. Incredible comeback,” tweeted Tendulkar
Re-commencing on 60 runs with the team score being 170 for 3, Steve Smith displayed no sign of slackening eventhough he was troubled on a few occasions by pacer Jofra Archer to persue his prolific run scoring.
Smith has now amassed 589 runs this series, his first after serving a 12 month ban, including three centuries, at an average of 147.25.
The 30 year old, however was dropped on 65 on Thursday when Jofra Archer failed to hold a caught and bowled opportunity of a hard hit full toss delivery.
Steve Smith was also saved on 118 when caught by Ben Stokes at slip off Jack Leach only for replays to reveal the spinner had bowled his eighth no-ball.
But those two occasions did not hold back Smith’s impressive display of the art of Test batting
Smith faced 319 deliveries in total, which included 24 fours and two sixes, in what was his third double hundred, all against England.