With a rare six-day gap between two Indian Premier League matches, Rising Pune Supergiant skipper Steve Smith has made the most of it and has jetted off to Dubai for a much-needed break from cricket.
The Australia skipper has been enduring a busy schedule in the last six months or so. After playing out three-match Test series each against South Africa and Pakistan in November and December, the right-handed batsman led his team to five-match One-Day International series against Pakistan. He missed the short ODI series in New Zealand but has been in action since then.
In the first week of February, he left for Dubai with his teammates to prepare for the four-match Test series in India and arrived in the subcontinent in the second week and what followed thereafter left each and every player on both the teams thoroughly tired physically as well as mentally.
The Test series, which the hosts won 2-1, was one of the most fiercely-fought series in the recent times and the controversies that happened during the entire series, only made it tough for the players. Steve Smith, in particular, was thickly involved in almost every matter. The Australia captain, who was the highest scorer in the series, had been caught in the eye of the storm after he was caught in the DRS controversy during the second Test in Bengaluru.
The ill-tempered series finally ended on March 28 when India beat the Aussies by 8 wickets to clinch the series. But players did not get the chance to freshen up due to the Indian Premier League and Smith, who was appointed as the skipper of the Pune-based franchise, was no exception. As soon as the Test series ended, he joined his team for the preparation. But now that a 6-day gap is available before his team plays Sunrisers Hyderabad on 22nd April, Smith has gone to Dubai to spend some quality time away from the game.
The 27-year old took to Instagram to reveal the news.
“Ducked off to Dubai for a couple of days in my 6-day break and discovered some magnificent Acai bowls #pineappleexpress @pineappleexpresscafe,” Smith wrote on his Instagram handle