“Cheater, tainted captain, disgrace” were the many words used by fans and media to describe Steve Smith after the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa 2018 but nothing bogged him down. Steve Smith, the finest cricketers of modern-era, turned 31 on Tuesday. After serving his ban for the sandpaper gate, Steve Smith showed he has not lost touch, as he reclaimed his top Test ranking by dethroning Virat Kohli.
Steve Smith serves as a fine example that if ‘you love the game and are passionate towards it’ a small mistake can’t put you down. Smith has been compared to the likes of great Don Bradman and continues to prove himself even after all the hard time. He broke down during the press conference after returning to his homeland from South Africa but the bad-time has hardly effected his game.
Steve Smith: As a player
A leg-spinner turned out to be a fine batsman. Steve Smith has an unorthodox batting stance and looks the ball closely which makes the bowlers difficult to dismiss him. He also has a nice and wristy batting style which makes it easy for him to convert singles into doubles.
Smith represented Australia in the 2008 U-19 World Cup where he scored over 100 runs and picked up seven wickets. He made his T20I debut in 2010 and was utilised as a leg-spinner in the initial phase of his career. In the 2010 T20 World Cup, he finished as the joint second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Later, he made his Test debut against Pakistan, where he was mainly picked up as a bowler.
Smith started batting in a more advanced position in 2010-11. He took up the sixth position as a batsman in the Ashes and produced solid performances. In 2013-14, he found his breakthrough. After being included in the series against India in place of four dropped players, he displayed solid performances and continued to grow as a batsman.
Today, he averages over 62 in the longest format of the game.
Steve Smith: What is he up to now
Steve Smith is at his home in Australia during the lockdown period and undergoing regular fitness regime. He has shared some videos and pictures on Instagram from his running regime and looks keen on playing the IPL 2020 if the T20 World Cup gets postponed.
Steve Smith: Lesser known facts
Steve Smith is a huge fan of Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer. He is a regular visitor in the Australian Open. Smith is also a fan of horse-racing and co-own three race horses. The former Australia captain has been dating Danielle Wills, a law student, since 2011.
Smith has featured for five teams in the IPL. He was good friend of late Phillip Huges. The right-handed batsman is not someone who likes to party or drink a lot.