Steve Smith reveals the difficult bowler to face in sub-continent
Australia’s best batsman Steve Smith is currently ranked the No.1 batsman in ICC Test rankings. He is a phenomenal cricketer when it comes to red-ball cricket and performs incredibly well even in overseas conditions.
Despite being strong in most aspects of the game, the right-handed batsman admitted that he finds Ravindra Jadeja really tough to face in sub-continent conditions.
In India, the left-arm spinner has taken 157 wickets in 33 Tests with seven five-wicket hauls, registering his career-best figures of 7/48. Jadeja has often been a nightmare to most other batsmen across formats because of his superb line and lengths while also not giving the ball much air.
Steve Smith said that Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling actions don’t have many alterations and thus making it quite tough for batsmen. Steve Smith heaped praise on the southpaw for smashing the right areas consistently.
The 30-year-old chipped in with his opinion while talking to New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi in a podcast by 2008 IPL champions Rajasthan Royals.
“Jadeja in the sub-continent… why he is so good because, he hits that good length and one ball skids on and one spins, and it just all looks same out of the hand. I think consistency in length is key and then having at least one variation,” Australia’s prolific batsman Smith was quoted as saying during the chat.
“So, I think for a leg-spinner, having a good googly, or a slider is crucial and for fingers spinners, being able to change the pace without changing the arms speed too much. I reckon there a few around the world who do that, Jadeja is one of them. He is very difficult to play,” he added.
Steve Smith’s record against Jadeja is not that good. In six Tests, Jadeja dismissed Smith four times. Out of them, three dismissals were LBW and one bowled.