Legendary Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has claimed that the Indian bowlers have run out of ideas on how to dismiss Steve Smith, the Australian captain and the top-ranked ICC Test batsman in the world, in the ongoing four-match Test series.
Chappell writing for ESPN Cricinfo said, “Smith was already a successful batting captain, but on this tour of India he has taken his play to another level. He’s made two centuries in three Tests, and following his undefeated vigil in Ranchi, it’s apparent India’s bowlers are no closer to unlocking the secret to upending him. They may have run out of ideas. Smith’s patience and thirst for runs is never-ending.”
Chappell claims that the improvement in Smith’s game is quite visible because he has reduced the mental errors to a bare minimum. “Smith has reduced his mental errors to a minimum. He has eradicated much of the risk from his play but he still puts away the bad or even slightly wayward delivery.”
Chappell also writes that India’s desperation was quite visible when Wriddhiman Saha was all over Smith during the third Test at Ranchi. “Such was India’s desperation in Ranchi that it looked less like a Test and more like a schoolyard romp between two 11-year-olds when Wriddhiman Saha piled on top of the Australian captain in an effort to extract the ball from between Smith’s legs.”
Steve Smith has been a constant thorn in the flesh for the Indian team and has silenced all the doubters who questioned whether he had the technique to succeed in India. But Smith has proven them all wrong and Chappell is right in his assessment that the Indian bowlers have looked quite clueless against him.