Former Indian player Aakash Chopra feels that Steve Smith’s T20I career might be finished after he failed to make an impact in Australia’s final Super 12 game against Afghanistan on Friday, November 4. He has always been an anomaly when it comes to the shortest format and he played the role of an anchor when he was part of the team, but with Mitchell Marsh’s success at the No. 3 spot, he had to sit outside.
Noting that this might be the end of Smith in T20Is, Chopra said on his YouTube channel: “Steve Smith is not a rockstar of T20 cricket, we all got to know that once again and I think that is it for him now. Maybe we won’t be seeing Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, and Matthew Wade playing T20Is for Australia anymore. They definitely will not be there for the next World Cup, if they will be, I will be very surprised.”
Steve Smith was dismissed for only four runs against Afghanistan at the Adelaide Oval. He was trapped in front after he failed to connect with an incoming Naveen-ul-Haq delivery as well. Opining that Australia would have been in even more trouble had Gulbadin Naib not been run-out, Aakash Chopra shared his views.
“168 was not a great total at Adelaide. Had Gulbadin naib not been run out, the story would have been a little different for Afghanistan. Australia managed to defeat Afghanistan by only four runs, suffered a heavy defeat against New Zealand and their only sort of a good performance came against Ireland. So, all in all, a very ordinary campaign for Australia,” Aakash Chopra concluded.