Sachin terms Smith’s batting techniques as complicated but organized


Indian all time great batsman Sachin Tendulkar termed Australian batsman Steve Smith’s batting technique as more complicated but with an organized mindset.

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Steve Smith

Australian right-handed batsman has impressed everyone with a great comeback to the Test cricket during the Ashes 2019 after his one year ban from International cricket. Steve Smith scored 774 runs in just seven innings at an average of more than 100 as he helped Australia retain the Ashes for the first time since 2001 on English soil.

Commenting on the batting of Australian batsman, Indian former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar quoted his batting techniques as more complicated, but he is dealing it with an organized mindset.

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“In the first Test match, English bowlers tried to get him out in the slips. They had three slips and a gully. What he started doing was, he would shuffle across and expose his leg stump so that he would cover this (off side) line. He was leaving and being selective (about playing) very smartly,” Tendulkar said in a video he posted on Twitter.

“At Lord’s and after, they had a leg slip for him. Especially against Jofra Archer they had a few short pitched deliveries which got him in trouble, because he was actually getting in line with weight little bit on the backfoot. The most important thing for any batter is to keep your head in a forward position and weight if not back, at least in line or marginally forward. That’s why he got into bad positions when Archer bowled short. That’s how he also got hit.”

Tendulkar further added that Steve Smith changed his attitude against the short balls during the fourth and fifth Ashes Tests. Steve Smith got a brutal hit in his head during the second Test off Jofra Archer’s bouncer that made him to miss the third Test due to concussion issue.

“What he started doing in the fourth and fifth Tests, against short pitched balls, he was leaving this way (bending with head forward, not back). He worked on his technique very smartly. But the most important factor that I noticed was, whenever there was a leg slip, he was holding his left foot on the leg stump line to ensure it wasn’t exposed. That’s why I say complicated technique, but extremely organised mindset,” Tendulkar added.

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