Last Update on: January 19th, 2020 at 05:39 pm
When it comes to shot making, there are very few who are as unpredictable as Steve Smith. The Australia batting star has just made life difficult for bowlers with his wide array of shots thanks to his unorthodox batting style. But even by his standard, the six that he hit off Navdeep Saini in the ongoing third ODI against India is nothing but ridiculous.
The former Australia captain scored his ninth ODI century and first since his 108*-run knock against Pakistan way back in January 2017. Australia needed Steve Smith to score big more than ever in this series after David Warner and Aaron Finch departed cheaply. While Warner was dismissed by Shami for just 3, Finch departed for 19 after a mix-up with Steve Smith led to his run-out.
Well, Steve Smith, who scored 95 in the previous game, did not disappoint. He went on to add 127 runs with Marnus Labuschagne and scored 131 off 132 balls. His knock was studded with 14 fours and one six and that solitary six was just phenomenal. Not even in his wildest of dreams, Navdeep Saini would have thought that Steve Smith would dispatch his delivery for a six over backward square leg after he bowled one well outside off.
In his usual nature, Smith walked towards the off stump. He then launched a stunning wristy helicopter shot for the only six of his knock. Steve Smith’s ton helped Australia post a challenging total of 286 for 9. At 231 for 4 in the 42nd over, Australia were looking set to post big before they suffered a late collapse. Apart from Smith, Marnus Labuschagne also impressed with the bat and scored his maiden ODI fifty. The youngster scored 54 and added 127 runs with Smith for the third wicket.
Here is a clip of Steve Smith’s six: