When you look at Steven Smith, you will say he is always calm and composed, happy go lucky, a person who can handle pressure well. Soon you start to realize that Steven Smith is more of a smart worker rather than a hard worker. From the inside, he is determined, is it on field, off field, batting, bowling, fielding. He knows it all. Surely, he the Australian team management and coach are thinking of him as the future captain.

Early Career:

It wasn’t an easy task for Steven Smith to be noticed for the International side as Australia were dominant in the first half of 2000’s, however Steve Smith was drafted into international One day side with just 13 first class games to his experience. In the earlier days, Steve Smith was just used as a leg spinner rather than a specialist batsman. He was showing no pressure of playing Test matches too as he in his opening Test series, he packed an innings with aggression scoring 77 at Leeds against Pakistan. He wasn’t an important part of Australia’s success stories many a times because of lack of contributions; he wasn’t given a game in the World Cup 2011.

More of batsman:

As he started his run with the Australian side, Steven Smith explored his high potent with the bat and his leg spin took a big turn down. He is now considered as a part time spinner. The innings of 92 which he played against India at Mohali is just an example of how he handles pressure with ease. It was his first Test after 2 years. Both individual and team pressure were dealt with, in that gritty innings. He established his place in the Australian side by 2013 in all three formats of the game, though he had played every format at the age of 21. He played the IPL for Rajasthan Royals in 2014; even lead the side in some matches. His performance in the IPL 2014 showed the world that he doesn’t go back without giving a fight.

Today’s Steven Smith:

Today’s Steven Smith looks more responsible as a player. His hundred in the last game against Pakistan was majestic. It was his maiden ODI hundred too. The half of the credit goes to Michael Clarke for backing the youngster and half to Smith himself who has matured as a cricketer. The intent of scoring and determination while fielding is just amazing. He looks like a cute baby from the outside, however from the inside he is tough and once he gets going, there is no stopping him. Today, he is one of Australia’s key elements and with World Cup just round the corner; it looks like a golden opportunity for Smith to showcase his talent.

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    Archit Athani
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