Ashes 2017-18: Ricky Ponting Believes Steven Smith’s Performance to Inspire Players
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting predicts current Australian skipper and batting mainstay Steven Smith could complete his international career as one of the best batsmen in the gentleman’s game owing to his remarkable ability to score runs at will.
“What we’re seeing is potentially one of, if not the best batsman that the game has ever seen,” Ponting was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia.
In the space of four years, from a leg-spinner to the batting mainstay – it takes a lot of courage to get best out of oneself, but Smith has made it look pretty easy which isn’t when you are scripting a history.
The 42-year-old Ponting added has enjoyed watching Smith’s leadership by saying his significant innings will further inspire the youngsters.
“It’s fantastic to see a skipper lead from the front when the team needed him the most and that’ll inspire some of the young guys in the side as well,” Ponting added.
Moreover, the ex-top-order batsman Ponting who’s 41 Tests under his belt in 168 Tests felt that Smith could go past his record of most number of centuries for Australia if the latter continues his form.
“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,” Smith maintained.
The batting sensation Smith has been in rollicking form as he brought up his 21st hundred in 105th innings for Australia.
Smith has become third fastest batsman to register 21st century after Donald Bradman and India’s Sunil Gavaskar in the Test fold.
Also, Ponting reiterated such knocks boost the morale of the team in a nutshell while reflecting Smith’s hundred in Brisbane has been hard-fought entertaining.
“To see your skipper stand up like that in a critical moment, all of those guys will learn something from it,” Ponting added on.
Ponting, who has been phenomenal with the bat and as a skipper had further left a significant impact on the field stated the situation from time-to-time, has demanded a lot from the skipper.
“Hopefully it’s [record] in danger, I’d love to see that,” Ponting asserted.
The 28-year-old Smith struck his 21st hundred during his 57th Test, as he amassed 5,511 runs at an average of 61.23 in 105 innings.
After batting for over eight hours in Brisbane, Ponting remarked, Smith has been a leading example with the bat while leaving a significant owing to his knock of player longer innings.
“It just goes to show his passion. He wants to be the man who stands up, he wants to lead in the best way he can and he wants to win. That attitude is infectious around the team,” Ponting said.
Moreover, Ponting added the ‘longevity’ has an impact role to play if a promising player would like to see himself among the legends of the game.
“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 concluded.
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Interestingly, batting icon Sachin Tendulkar smashed 51 Test hundreds which is the all-time world record, as Ponting is listed second with 41-hundreds which he registered in the 17-year-long career while representing Australia.
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