Australian batsmen Steven Smith, who is currently having a dream run with the bat in international cricket, has credited the Indian Premier League (IPL) for his success. 

Smith expressed that his stint with Sahara Pune Warriors India and Rajasthan Royals has helped him to lift up his game and taught him to how to adapt to different situations. 
 
He said: 
 

“It’s a great tournament to be involved in. I have to pay a lot of credit to the IPL for where I am today, particularly in one-day cricket

“Playing in that tournament you learn a lot about yourself because you are playing every second day. You get faced with a lot of similar situations and if you don’t quite get the team over the line that day, you learn from it and face the same situation a couple of days later. I think it’s a great learning experience for any young cricketer.” 

Smith played a total of 9 Tests in 2014 and scored 1146 runs at an awe-inspiring average of 81.85 with five centuries and four half-centuries. In ODIs too, he played 12 matches and scored 541 runs at a brilliant average of 49.18 with two centuries and three half-centuries. Such great performances throughout the year earned him the Allan Border Medal on January 27th and the Test and ODI player of the year award for Australia . 

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