Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2019, Steven Smith
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Steve Smith is among the finest cricketers of modern-era. 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. His batting average in Test cricket tells a lot himself. In fact, he also took over as captain from Ajinkya Rahane in the IPL last season.

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.

Young Riyan Parag, who played under the captaincy of Smith at Rajasthan Royals, said that he admires how the Australian backs his bowlers and especially young players. He also added that Smith is a great leader and he thoroughly enjoyed playing under him. “It feels like a dream come true to share the dressing room with legends like Steve Smith and Ben Stokes,” Riyan Parag told IANS.

“As I have even mentioned in the (RR) documentary, when I came out to bat versus CSK, Stokesy (Ben Stokes) told me to play without pressure as if it was a gully cricket match.

“I admire how Smudge (Smith) backed all the bowlers, especially young players like me. He is a great leader and I enjoyed playing under him,” he added.

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.

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.