Peerless in his batting stint, the number one Test batsman, skipper of Australia, Steven Peter Devereux Smith has been enjoying a phenomenal run with the willow. Recently fumbling a tad bit in the limited overs, Smith has emerged as one of the modern-day greats. Despite his shortcomings, the meticulous athlete has revealed his secret behind prosperity. So whats the story? In an interview with cricket.com.au, the Aussie skipper has disclosed his source of inspiration and his emulation of modern day greats.
In conversation, Smith intimated, “I look at some of the best players around the world and sometimes I do try and bat-like them. I just try and learn, and these guys are the best players in the world for a reason. So you try and get whatever you can out of them.” The best Test batsman who played 61 Test matches for Australia expressed, “I have learnt a little bit of Virat Kohli, the way he plays spin and the way he hits the ball through the offside. I have probably learnt a little bit out of that.”
“I have copied a bit of what AB de Villiers has done. I just open, myself and set myself to play the ball, especially when the ball is reversing,” he added.
Smith, has scored 6,057 averaging 63.75 amassing 23 centuries and as many fifties furthered, “A few years ago, I tried to bat like Kane Williamson, play the ball really late. I look at different people, the way they play, what works for them and sometimes try and incorporate them into my game.”
Declared as the Test Cricketer of the Year 2017, he furthered, “I just try and learn. These guys are the best players in the world for reasons. You try and get whatever you can out of it.”