The legendary former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell, who doesn’t beat around the bush while keeping his views, has reckoned that India needs to unsettle Australia’s batting mainstay Steve Smith as early as possible in the ongoing four-match Test series.
Ian Chappell stated that Indian bowlers should not even look to bowl short of length to Smith because feeding him that delivery is like ‘playing into his hands’. He has advised that the visitors need to play with Smith’s thinking and force him to change his way of playing.
“If he bats the way he wants to, then you are in trouble. So, the first thing is that they have to unsettle Steve Smith and have to change his thinking. As far as I am concerned, if you bowl short of length to Steve Smith then you are playing into his hands. Because you are just playing to his strengths,” Ian Chappell was quoted as saying in a virtual press conference.
Steve Smith May Give You Chances To Get Out: Ian Chappell
As per the former Aussie batsman, Smith prefers playing on the back-foot and chances of getting him out lie on bringing him on the front foot, though it might cost the opponent a few runs.
“He is very much a back-foot player. You got to get him to play forward. Now that might cost you a few runs but the difference, if you bowl and let him play on the back-foot then he will still score a lot of runs without getting out. But if you are making him play on front-foot then he might score runs and he may give you chances to get out,” Ian Chappell added.
In Test cricket, he has scored 1,429 runs against Team India at a stupendous average of 84.75. The right-hander hammered seven centuries, including a top score of 192 in 2014 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. As David Warner is out because of injury for the first Test, he is going to play a significant role in the batting of Australia, who has also a weak top-order.
Currently, India and Australia are playing the first Test i.e, the pink-ball Test in Adelaide. Virat Kohli won the toss and asked Australians to field first.