Rise of The Steve Smith as a modern batting genius

Undoubtedly, Steve Smith is the best batsman of the test format in the past 10 years. His incredible batting techniques are the main reason behind his success in the test format.

Day by day he seems to evolve as a batsman. Although his career has seen lots of up and down on his way. 

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Steve Smith the modern batting genius

  • The transition of Steve Smith as a pure batsman 

In the past, Steve Smith used to be compared with the great Shane Warne for his ability to bowl the leg-spin. But the time has changed and now he is considered as one of the greatest batsmen after Sir Don Bradman.

Steven Peter Devereux Smith has made his name initially as a potential leg-spinner who could bat a bit.

There was a lot of criticism that was going around for his selection in the national team. However,  he made his domestic debut across all formats in 2006-07, just after the retirement of great Shane Warne.

Steve Smith batting performance in the International cricket

FormatMatchesRunsAvgSR100s50Best
Test68697364.5656.382627239
Odi118381041.4186.32823164
T-202543121.55122.440290

Most hundreds scored in test since 2010

Batsman100s
Steve Smith (Aus)27
Virat Kohli (Ind)21
Hashim Amla (SA)21
Kane Williamson (NZ)20
Younis Khan (Pak)18
Joe Root (Eng)16
Kumar Sangakkara (SL)15
Ross Taylor (NZ)14

His extra flight and skittling bowls promised the Australians selectors. He started his career by 2010, in the limited over games, where he could bat at 7 or 8 with his ability to bowl the leg-spin.

Steve Smith average in the test by the year

Steve Smith Average in Test  by year
Steve Smith Average in Test  by year

Former Aussie great Greg Chappell first recognized his batting talent.

During the trip to England in 2013, he exhibited a far more improved level of batsmanship. To be precise, sprinkled with a good dose of grit and mental strength.

The bottom line though was that it proved effective and he had an impressive series.

Although Australia lost the series, the selectors decided to invest in Smith version 2.0 and the return Ashes series at home that summer saw him continue his upward graph.

The 2015 Ashes tour of England did see him notch up a couple of tons, including a double century at Lord’s while the 2017 tour of India displayed him at his impeccable best.

After England tour in 2015, he was unexpectedly appointed as Australia’s captain for Tests and ODIs while the T20I leadership came over the next six months.

Most numbers of hundreds scored in Ashes

Batsman100s
Don Bradman (Aus)19
Jack Hobbs (Eng)12
Steve Smith (Aus)11
Steve Waugh (Aus)10
Wally Hammond (Eng)9

What great’s of games think about Smith

Sachin Tendulkar

Complicated technique but an organized mindset is what sets Steve Smith apart. Incredible comeback!

Steve Waugh

He knows exactly what he’s trying to do, exactly what the opposition are trying to do and he analyzes every ball – it’s like a computer, he spits out the answer.

Ricky Ponting

He’s the best player in the world and generally the best players in the world are leaders around the group. Even though he doesn’t have that ‘c’ next to his name, he’s trying to do everything he can to lead Australian cricket in the best way possible.

 

Smith record in Indian Premier League

Steve Smith has been a decent IPL career in terms of run-scoring so far while playing the different franchises. Currently, he is playing in the Rajasthan Royals.
He made his IPL debut in 2012. To be honest he had not been that much effective in the T 20 format.
He has scored just 1500 runs in the IPL at an average of almost 38 with a strike rate of 128. As a captain, he had a very impressive outing in 2017 when he led his team Pune Super Giants to become the runner-up.

Steve Smith batting performance in IPL

FormatMatchesRunsAvgSR100s50Best
IPL81202237.44128.9518101

The dynamics behind the Steve Smith batting

Steve Smith has the most unorthodox batting technique that cricket has ever witnessed.

His unorthodox technique had only grown with an exaggerated trigger movement and shuffle across the stumps, all of which raised eyebrows among the purists.

He is a player who seems to very less affected by the game situation. Moreover, he is more than good enough to carry out the burden of the whole team on his shoulder.

He is not a power hitter by any mean but his ability to rotate the strike regularly does help his innings to build. In addition, he has equally good techniques to counter both spin & pace.

The ability to read the game situation is also a noticeable aspect of his batting technique.

He is someone who always looked to shuffle when he negotiates the ball. So why often bowler remains become clueless, when they bowl at him.

His tremendous mental toughness is another aspect that makes him identical from other players as well.

The black period of Steve Smith career

Things started to go harsh in the third Test at Cape Town. Australia was found guilty of ball-tampering which was apparently pre-planned as well.

As a result, Smith along with vice-captain David Warner and rookie Cameron Bancroft faced the boot.

The ICC slammed a one-Test ban on Smith who was enduring a poor series with the bat as well but the punishment back home from Cricket Australia was more severe – a one year exile from all forms of cricket.

Steve Smith 2.0 is back on track after the ball-tampering saga

After coming back from the ban phase, Steven Smith is in ominous form. He has just scored 6th Ashes hundred within the last 10 matches.

Moreover, the one-year suspension has definitely increased his hunger for runs. 

Although, In the world Cup, he has not played the way he would like to. But certainly, his century in both innings in ashes is the sign of his re-emergence. Nonetheless, the tough period has made him even stronger in every aspect of the game.

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