Former skipper of Australian Cricket Team Steve Smith showed the world why he is still the best batsman in the whole cricket fraternity. The 30-year-old cricketer who struggled a lot to reach at this point after his one year ban from all forms of cricket in 2018, has finally sealed everone’s mouth with his performance in Ashes 2019. In the very first innings at Ashes 2019, Smith singlehandedly drag his side to post first innings score of 284 runs in front of hosting team England.
After winning the toss Australia decided to bat first but it seemed that the tricky pitch of Edgbaston halted the Kangaroos to play their typical game. The whole team of Australia bundled out after scoring 284 runs in 80.4 overs. If Smith was not there in the squad then Australia probably would not have crossed 200 mark. The explosive cricketer Smith struck 144 off 219 deliveries and his miraculous knock was embraced with 16 fours and two sixes, to lift the visitors from 122/8 against England.
Despite facing the heart-breaking chants of ‘Cheaters’ ‘Cheaters’ at the pitch of Edgbaston Stadium, Smith didn’t lose his confidence and kept focusing on his game. The moment when star Australian cricketer David Warner and his mate Cameron Bancroft walked off the field after scoring 2 out off 14 balls and 8 out off 25 balls, the hostile crowd started hooting at them. Not only this, when Steve Smith came on the pitch to bat the merciless spectators stood up with the criticizing banners reminding him of ball-tampering Scandal against south Africa. But fighter Smith did not let any of this come in his way and he carried on with his exceptional batting performance.
After the relentless knock of Steve Smith, the netizens flooded the social media platforms with different types of posts and comments. Here’s see some of the Twitter reactions after Steve Smith scored 144 runs brilliantly in the very first innings of Ashes 2019 against England:
Steve Smith has shown his class. Again. Genuine great in test cricket.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 1, 2019
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag also lauded Smith’s efforts
What a 100 for Steve Smith. Under difficult conditions, arguably one of the best batsman in Test Cricket. #Ashes
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 1, 2019
— Abhishek (@AbhiChillarge) August 1, 2019
— Jampana sai manoj (@varma6812) August 1, 2019
— Mohammed Ruhail (@ruhail_mohammed) August 1, 2019
With this outstanding knock, Smith has now become the second-fastest batsman in the history of cricket who scored 24 centuries in Test cricket format. Legendary cricketer Don Bradman is still leading the record list in Test format. While Indian skipper Virat Kohli is reigning at third spot as he reached the milestone in 123 innings. Kohli is followed by Indian Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar who took 125 innings to score 24 Test hundreds.
Australia’s Ist Innings scores: 284/10; Steven Smith (144), Travis Head (35), Stuart Broad (5/86), Chris Woakes (3/58)