World’s number one batsman Steve Smith has undoubtedly posed the biggest threat for the Indian bowlers in the ongoing four-match Test series. The Australian skipper is currently the highest run-getter in the Border-Gavaskar series, scoring 499 runs in eight innings which includes three magnificent hundreds.
While playing against his fiercest rivals India, Smith has always raised his game to another level as compared to his contemporaries and has put his best foot forward on almost every occasion. In the 10 Tests vs. India, Smith has scored a whopping 1429 runs at an average of 84.02 including seven centuries and three fifties.
But, what’s the prime reason behind Smith’s stupendous success in the gentlemen’s game?
Well, just like any other individual the 27-year old also believes in superstitions which he regularly performs before stepping out to bat on the cricket pitch.
In a recent admission, Australia’s captain Steve Smith revealed his belief which according to him brought luck to his wielding willow when he goes out to bat.
The temperamental Aussie believes in taping his shoelaces to his shin with the help of his physio every time he prepares to go out to bat. Smith confessed that he doesn’t like to see his laces when he is batting at the crease.
In the previous season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Smith got accustomed to this weird superstition while playing for his franchise Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS). The New South Wales-born batsman scored a century the first time he did it which further assured his belief of sticking with the tradition.
Is this the secret to being the world's best batsman? Australia skipper Steve Smith reveals his unusual batting superstition! pic.twitter.com/6PQACaD8jS
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In a video posted by Cricket Australia on its Twitter handle, the Australian skipper confessed about it,
“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.”
Smith added, “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’s Australia teammate Usman Khawaja also spoke about his captain’s unusual nature and said Smith tends to stick to trends that go in his favour.