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Cricket World Player of the Week - Steve Smith

 

Many took the mickey out of Steve Smith when he said that he had 'found his hands' after an ordinary IPL. With back-to-back centuries against India, we now know that his hands are at the right place.

The first two matches of the three-match ODI series on the marquee India tour of Australia have been nothing like they were anticipated. While India have crossed the 300-run mark on both the occasions, they have fallen short by 66 runs and 51 runs respectively and there is a clear gap between the two teams.

One of the main reasons for this has been Steve Smith who has struck centuries at strike rates of over 150 in both the matches.

When Smith came out to bat in the first ODI, Australia were in a dominant position at 156/1 after 27.5 overs. Smith, who was expected to take his time, was right on the money and provided the acceleration Australia needed.

In the second T20I as well, he came in at 142/1 after 22.5 overs and took the attack to the opposition.

The fact that he is not trying to muscle the ball but focusing on timing is the reason why he looks back to his scary best.

Going by his previous record, it seems that this is just the beginning of a few nightmares for bowlers across the world as Steve Smith has switched on his run-churning machine.

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