Believe it or not, superstition is one of the most common factors in the sporting industry and Australian skipper Steven Smith is no different.
The 27-year-old batsman – who has scored three centuries in the ongoing Test series against India – has embraced a very uncanny way of superstition. In a video posted by Cricket Australia, the batsman reveals that he asks his physio to tie the shoe lace through his shin before every inning so that he cannot see his laces while standing on the crease.
The folklore began in last season’s Indian Premier League when the Aussie found the pants of his Rising Pune Supergiant kit too tight to contain his laces. In turn, he asked his physio to tie his laces before putting up the pads. In an amazing turn of event, he went on to score a century, hence, he carries out the tradition every time he steps onto the field.
“Well it started during the last season of the IPL due to the kind of pants we were given to wear. I have always had issues with looking at my shoe laces when I am batting. And it wasn’t working because the pant wasn’t long enough and the shoe laces would pop out and that was getting to my head. So I got the physio to tape my shoe laces to my socks. I wear footie socks when I bat. And I got a hundred the first time I got it and I have done it since,” Smith reveals in the video.
Smith has been a revelation in the ongoing Test series in India as the batsman has scored a whopping 482 runs from seven innings with an average of 80.33.
As mentioned above, superstition has always been a part and parcel of the sport and many cricketers, notably, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have followed up the tradition. While the former always put on his left shin pad before going onto the field, the latter always carried a photo of his mentor in his pocket when on the field.
Smith, on his part, will now be hoping to guide Rising Pune Supergiant alongside the likes of MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Ben Stokes and compatriot Khawaja in the upcoming edition of IPL.