Aussie skipper Steven Smith has been in a phenomenal run-scoring form and went on to smash his 21st Test century in the ongoing 1st Ashes Test at the Gabba on Saturday which might well prove to be a match-winning one.
He reached the landmark in just 105 innings and became the 3rd fastest batsmen to reach 21 Test centuries after Sir Don Bradman and Sunil Gavaskar.
It was an innings of the highest order which included enormous perseverance and patience. He took calculative risks and helped his team bailout of the precarious situation. Given Smith’s consistency in Tests, two-time World Cup winning skipper Ricky Ponting feels his record of 41 Test centuries is now in jeopardy.
Ponting is of the opinion that if Smith continues piling on runs at this pace, he can go on to break his record in the next four-five years. He also touted Smith as one of the greatest batsmen to have graced the game. He also gave insights on his career and the joy and happiness of winning matches for his country.
Smith who is the top-ranked Test batsman would surely rate the innings of 141 pretty highly especially if the innings helps Australia start the series on a winning note. Smith is having a sensational year, as far as Test cricket is concerned and smashed three centuries in India early in the year which makes Ponting feel Smith can break his record.
“Hopefully, it’s in danger (41 centuries record), I’d love to see that. If he keeps going like he is, he’s going to catch me in four or five years. It’s well and truly in danger,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
He further stated Smith could only get compared to other greats depending on his longevity.
“What we’re seeing is potentially one of, if not the best batsman that the game has ever seen. The hard thing about trying to make those sort of judgements is the longevity of the players, you just never know what’s going to happen,” Ponting said.
Meanwhile, the former skipper said he is very proud of his career, and the years he has given to his country. He further added he felt blessed to be part of 108 Test victories and the records he achieved.
“The thing I was most proud of in my career was my longevity. Longevity in the game allows you to achieve a lot of great things around the team, and I was able to play in 108 winning Test matches,” he concluded.