Steve Smith. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read, hear or watch the former Australian captain? Run-machine? Unorthodox? Batting juggernaut? An all-time legend? Decent leg-spinner, maybe? Mentally very tough?
Well! Steve Smith is an amalgamation of all these facts and perhaps a lot more. Having started his career as a leg-spinner back in 2010, Smith has gone on to become one of the greatest batsmen Test cricket has ever seen and his success story is a glaring testimony to the fact that you can achieve almost anything that you want, provided that you have the hunger and desire to pursue it religiously.
Steve Smith is celebrating his 31st birthday today, and so we thought, why not celebrate his special day by reminiscing some of his masterclasses from the past.
Here’s a look at top-5 Test innings of Steve Smith in his career thus far-
199 vs West Indies, Jamaica 2015
On a difficult track at Kingston Jamacia, the West Indian fast bowlers in Jerome Taylor [6-47] was threatening to rip apart the Australian batting when Steve Smith decided to take matters into his own hands.
Smith arrived at the crease within the first over of the game and the Australian innings folded just six balls after he was dismissed. On a wicket that had uneven bounce, Smith showed great temperament and went on to become only the third Australian to be dismissed on 199.
But, Smith had done his job as he led Australia to an eventual match-winning total of 399.