Australian skipper Steve Smith started his international career as a leg-break bowler and then went on to score a century in a high-pressure World Cup semi-final. Now, he has become a matured cricketer and raring to feature in his landmark 100th ODI on Thursday.
As per the quotes in PTI, talking about the milestone game, Smith said, “I think I have evolved a lot as a white ball player. When I first started playing one-day cricket, my first 30-odd games, I played more as a bowler. I had to change a bit there. I’ve been batting at No 3 now for a while now.”
He further added, “I had to find the right tempo for the game, whether it’s hitting boundaries or finding the right time to hit a right boundary. You learn as you play. It’s pretty exciting to play my 100th game tomorrow.”
Sharing his most memorable ODI innings, which was his century in the 2015 World Cup semi-final against India. He said, “I would probably say my most memorable innings is the century I scored against India at the SCG in the semifinals (of the 2015 World Cup). It was a pretty big game and it was good to get a big score there. I think we lost a wicket pretty early. I was able to form a partnership with (Aaron) Finch. I will say that’s probably one of better one-day hundreds in a big occasion.”
Steve concluded by talking about his learnings during the captaincy in his 42 ODI matches, he said, “I think you’re always learning. You are trying to evolve and just keep trying to get better. You can never be satisfied. You want to be the best you can. Yes, I have learnt a lot along the way but there’s always so much more to learn and get better at as well.”