“He plays with great patience…” Former Sri Lankan Skipper Kumar Sangakkara Made A Bold Statement On Steve Smith

The World Test Championship final between India and Australia at The Oval in London has witnessed a gripping battle between two of the world’s top cricket teams. At the end of the first day’s play, Australia posted a formidable score of 327 runs for losing three wickets, with Travis Head (146) and Steve Smith (95) standing firm at the crease. While both teams boast exceptional talent, Steve Smith’s remarkable resilience has proven to be a significant challenge for the Indian bowlers.

Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara, providing commentary during the match, shed light on the difficulties in dismissing Steve Smith. Sangakkara praised Smith’s technique, emphasizing his ability to stand behind the leg stump before the ball is bowled and slowly move forward.

He noted that Smith maintains a stable head position and a slightly forward back foot while approaching the off-stump, which allows him to anticipate and break down the delivery before it swings. Sangakkara commended Smith’s patience and skill, making it challenging for bowlers to find a way to dismiss him.

During the commentary, he said, “Steve Smith stands behind the leg stumps before the ball is bowled and slowly comes forward.”

Indian bowlers put in a determined effort to dismiss Smith but struggled to find a breakthrough. Smith’s ability to read the ball early and play with great composure tested the Indian attack. His solid defense and precise shot selection prevented significant changes for the bowlers. Despite their best efforts, the Indian team found it challenging to penetrate Smith’s resilience, leaving them searching for new strategies to dismiss the accomplished batsman.

Kumar Sangakkara further added, “Smith’s back foot is slightly forward while coming to the off-stump, but his head is very stable. Smith breaks down on the ball before it swings. He plays with great patience, and seeing him play is great.” Sangakkara said that it becomes difficult to get him out because of this.

The partnership between Travis Head and Steve Smith has further strengthened Australia’s position in the match. Smith’s unbeaten innings of 95 runs played a pivotal role in Australia’s dominant batting display on the first day. His ability to weather the storm and hold the innings together has given Australia a firm foundation to build upon. As the match progresses, India must find a way to break through Smith’s defenses to gain an advantage and regain control.

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