Australia’s batting mainstay Steve Smith has indirectly targeted India’s bowling attack. He has always struggled against short balls, and thus, Indian pacers are surely going to target his shortcomings. But Smith is in doubt that Indian bowlers could perfectly execute short balls. This comment has not gone down well for former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, who has given him a strong reply.
Steve Smith had said that New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner had enjoyed success against him by using the short balls, but not everyone is as talented as him. Smith had added that short balls were something he was used to and they don’t “stress” him out.
“It’s no dramas for me. I just play the game and sum up the conditions, how they’re trying to get me out and being able to counter that. I mean, a few different oppositions have tried it and they’ve certainly found it more difficult to [execute it] the way Wagner did. He’s got an amazing skill set where his speeds go up and down, everything is between your ribs and your head.
“If teams are trying to get me out like that it’s probably a big benefit for the team because it takes a lot out of people’s bodies if you continually bowl short. I’ve faced a lot of short bowling in my life and I haven’t had too many stresses with it. I suppose we’ll just wait and see,” Smith had said.
Sunil Gavaskar responds to Steve Smith:
Sunil Gavaskar has replied to Steve Smith’s aforementioned that no one is ready for short balls. He also added that India has Mohammed Shami, who can trouble any batsman with his fabulous bouncers. He believes that if the speedster hit the ball on the spot, it will be hard to “negotiate” for many batsmen.
“No one is ever ready for the short ball! A good short ball will trouble the best of batsmen. Nobody can say ‘I’m ready’.
“Mohammed Shami in particular has a fabulous bouncer. If he gets it right on target, then you can be pretty certain that not too any batsmen will be able to negotiate him,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sportstar.