A massive part of Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith run-scoring spree has been his mental strength. Steve Smith might not have the most prettiest technique and mental toughness is indeed integral for him; however, for any athlete, physical fitness is as vital. The 31-year old has credited Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth’s trainer Luke Zocchi for getting him in the best shape of his life this year.
It was his wife Dani Willis, who reached out to Luke Zocchi for tips on how her husband could train during the lockdown. Steve Smith proceeded to train with the renowned celebrity’s personal trainer for a gruelling week-long session in Byron Bay in July. Smith was indeed impressed with the way Zocchi had framed his training regimen telling Daily Telegraph “I was really fit. I was running loads and lifting weights regularly during COVID. Zocch is a beauty,”
But in exchange, Steve Smith had to agree to play a game of backyard cricket with Luke Zocchi and his friends. The pals in question turned out to be Paul O’Brien and Aaron Grist in the match played in the Thor actor’s $20 million mansion’s driveway.
Steve Smith’s highly contrasting summer of 2020-21:
Meanwhile, Steve Smith has been experiencing a highly fluctuating summer of cricket against India. The former Australian captain made a thunderous start as he smashed quick-fire centuries in the first two ODIs of the season. Smith’s form fell away subsequently and mainly has not looked in the best nick even in Test cricket.
The right-handed batsman is yet to cross double figures in the four innings against India that he has played so far. He would be keen to get his form back on track moving forward in the next two Tests and help Australia regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.