Australia superstar Steve Smith considers India as a ‘very difficult’ place to play Test cricket and dreams of winning a series there. Smith keeps winning a Test series on Indian soil in the same bracket as Ashes or world cup victory. Also Read - Delhi Capitals' Pacer Kagiso Rabada Rues IPL Postponement, Clears Air Around His On-field Aggression
“I would love to win a Test series in India,” Smith told Ish Sodhi during a podcast organised by his IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals. “I think as an Australian cricketer we talk about like Ashes is always big, World Cup is big but I think now India is no.1 team in the world and it is a very difficult place to play Test cricket, so I would love to win a series there.” Also Read - Aaron Finch Dismisses Michael Clarke's Controversial Claim, Says Test Series vs India Was Played in 'Right Spirit'
For Smith, India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja is the most difficult bowler to face in the subcontinent conditions praising him for his consistency in length and variations that keep batsmen on their toes. Also Read - Once Team Management Decides Something, I Don't Think There Should be a Place For Contrarian View: Wriddhiman Saha
“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,” Smith said.
“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.
Smith’s surreal consistency in Test cricket has made him a modern day superstar, meriting comparisons with the legendary Don Bradman. However, the Australian entered international cricket as a bowler, a specialist spinner at that before becoming a premier batsman.
“I was more of a batsman than a bowler. I played my first two Test matches as a specialist spinner which was strange. They were looking for a spinner after the Shane Warne era and I was one of the 12-13 spinners that got a go. I got dropped after that and for me it was about finding a way to get into Australian team and at that point of time I let my bowling slip and focussed only on my batting. But I bowl every now and then,” Smith recalled his early days in international cricket.
Countries around the world are under partial or complete lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and with sporting action also halted, Smith is keeping himself busy exercising and streaming series.
“Getting a little bit bored at times. I have a home gym, getting a fair work there at the moment and obviously Netflix and chill, that is what is happening around the world at the moment,” he said.