Spending his time away from cricket, Australia’s batting star Steve Smith opened up about his unusual batting technique in a podcast organised by IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals. Smith’s unorthodox batting stance have often left fans and numerous cricket experts befuddled. But the former Australia captain says though it depends on number of factors, he generally positions himself outside the off-stump to limit ways in which he can be dismissed. Also Read - Rashid Khan Hilariously Emulates Steve Smith's Defense, Video Goes Viral | WATCH

The 30-year-old Smith, the world number 1 Test batsman, opened up about his unusual technique to New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi. Talking about his open batting stance, Smith, the former Royals captain, said: “It depends on who’s bowling, how is the wicket playing, how I [am going to] score and stuff like that or how people are trying to get me out, probably that determines how open I am or otherwise how closed I am. But my general stance where my back foot is going to almost off stump, or may be even outside at stages, I know that anything outside my eyeline isn’t hitting the stumps,” he said. Also Read - Competitive Cricket Set to Return With Fans in Australia After Coronavirus Lockdown



Smith has amassed 7227 runs in 73 Tests and 4162 runs in ODIs with an unconventional technique, which most have failed to decode. Also Read - India Cricketer Robin Uthappa Reveals Battle With Depression, Had Suicidal Thoughts

“For me, you shouldn’t get out if the ball is not hitting the stumps, so that is just a trick from me when I first started doing it, just limiting the ways I get out,” he explained.



Smith said his off-stump stance helps him to leave the ball which are outside his line of sight.

“Sometimes, I get trapped in front but I’m okay with that at stages, knowing that if it is outside my eyeline, I don’t need to try and play the ball, I can just leave that,” he said.

Smith, who had lost his captaincy after being banned for a year by Cricket Australia for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in a Cape Town Test against South Africa in 2018, made an incredible comeback, becoming the highest run-scorer in Tests in 2019.

He amassed 589 runs in the Ashes last year at a stunning average of 147.25. It included two hundreds and a double century, finishing as second-highest scorer for Australia, behind Marnus Labuschagne.