Steve Smith registered a consecutive second century after hitting 104 off 64 balls on Sunday (November 29) in Sydney. The unorthodox bamboozle Indian bowlers with his inventive shots at outside off. He collected runs from every knock and corned to guide Australia to put another mammoth 390 runs target in the second ODI against India.
With his century, he also registered the third-fastest ODI ton by an Australian ever. Incidentally, both the ton in the series have come off just 62 balls.
Adam Gilchrist reckons that Steve Smith has not made any transformation in his game, but he has just worked on his basics.
“He seems more prepared to be more expansive,” Adam Gilchrist told foxsports.com.au. “He’s not playing any really reckless slogs or hacks he is just expanding the foundation of his game that little bit more.
“Rather than just a cover drive along the ground, it might just be leveraging a little bit and still hitting it so clean, straight over cover where there is no one behind a man. Just getting a bit more creative in his thinking, that is allowing the foundation that is so unique and so consistent to be expanded.”
Steve Smith is just expanding the basics he work: Adam Gilchrist
For Adam Gilchrist, himself a cross-format star, the key to consistent success across red and white-ball cricket is not to try doing extraordinary things which he believes Steve Smith is also following. He iterated that the right-hand batsman has only worked on his foundation.
“At the end of the day you have got a natural way that you play and if you try to do something extraordinary different it is probably going to bring you undone,” he said.
“It might work in ad hoc situations but for consistency, you are probably going to go back to your foundation that you work with.
“That is what I see Smith doing well, he hasn’t suddenly started slogging and playing big cross-batted swipes at every ball he is just expanding the basics he work and relies on so well,” Adam Gilchrist said.
— TryLine Podcast (@TryLineYT) November 29, 2020