Steve Smith has pretty much settled the debate over who is the best Test batsman in the world right now. In fact, it would not be very wrong to say that he is one of the best if not the best Test players of all time. The way Smith is performing right now, one cannot help but compare him with the legendary Don Bradman who is widely regarded as the greatest batsman of all time.
Smith was the number one Test batsman when he was banned for a year in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. Unsurprisingly, not many were expecting him to do well in his comeback series which is the ongoing Ashes. But Smith has not exceeded all the expectations. In just five innings, he has already become the leading run-scorer of the year as well as reclaimed the number one rank.
And as Smith continues his unprecedented batting exploits, Forbes has lavished praise at him. Writing for Forbes, Tristan Lavalette not only hailed Smith as a master but also stated that the Australia star is perhaps better than Bradman.
“He’s got to the point when you just expect him to score a century every time he enters the crease. Once he’s on about 20, it’s inevitable. He’s going big. You can feel that dread of doom engulfing England and the crowd when Smith is settled,” wrote Lavalette in Forbes.
Lavalette went on to compare Smith and Bradman and one can say that he rates the former higher. The reason he put forward for his assessment is spot on as Smith continues to torment the teams across the world while Bradman had the luxury of playing in familiar conditions throughout his illustrious career.
“There is an argument to suggest he might even be better than Bradman considering Smith’s greater competition he’s faced and the increasingly grueling schedule these days. Bradman only played in England and Australia. With all due respect, I’m going to take a stab at it and guess that teams weren’t able to strategize much back in the 1930s and ‘40s.
“Even with all the technology and expertise available, no one has a clue how to stop Smith. He’s that great. A master at the absolute peak of his powers,” he wrote.