After a wonderful Ashes tour Steve Smith has been compared to many greats of the game. His batting was analyzed by the Master Sachin Tendulkar himself.
Earlier, during the Ashes, Sachin said in a tweet that Smith possessed a “complicated technique” but has an “organized mindset.”
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 5, 2019
Now, in his latest twitter post, Sachin justified his previous comments with a video where Sachin has an elaborate explanation of the subtle changes that Smith made in his batting.
The master blaster explained how England bowlers changed tactics after the first test match, where Smith scored two centuries, leading Smith to make changes in his approach accordingly.
Smith was hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer in the first innings of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. The blow was so severe that he didn’t come out to bat in the second innings and he Marnus Labuschagne came out as a concussion substitute. Smith also missed the next Test at Headingley.
Tendulkar explained Smith’s little mistakes in handling the bouncer, and how he later handled them smartly, getting into better positions.
“In the final two Tests, he was leaving the ball while leaning forward, and looked in better positions. He worked on his technique very smartly,” Sachin said and cocluded by saying, “That is why I say, ‘complicated technique, but extremely organised mindset’.”
Watch the video:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 19, 2019
Smith scored 774 runs in seven innings in four test matches, at an average of 110.57. To put this into perspective, it has happened just 33 times in Test cricket history that a batsman has scored more than 700 runs in a series. Since 1990, it has happened only on nine occasions. And considering that Smith has done it previously in 2014-15 back home, he is unsurprisingly being compared to Sir Don Bradman. With such records, it is no surprise that even the great Sachin Tendulkar praised him of his batting.