Star Australian batsman Steve Smith revealed that he was not entirely happy with his batting performance in the recently-concluded IPL 2020 season. Playing for the Rajasthan Royals, Smith scored just 311 runs from 14 games at a mediocre average of 25.91.
Smith realised that he is someone who can naturally time the ball and thus he needed to stick to that. Instead, he was trying to power his way through the innings, something which not went in his favour in IPL 2020. He will be focusing on trying to find the gaps in the field rather than try and hit shots using brute strength.
“I was pretty disappointed with my batting throughout the IPL. From my standards, I wasn’t consistent enough. I had a few innings here and there, but I never got into a really good rhythm. I got a bit caught up with trying to be a bit too powerful and that’s not quite my game,” Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“There are those players around the world that can hit sixes at will, and I’m probably not one of those. For me, it’s about playing proper cricket shots and hitting the gaps and manipulating the field as much as I can, and I probably went away from that a bit in the IPL,” he added.
Smith also revealed that he had finally found his touch in the training sessions ahead of the all-important visit of team India. He believes something was not quite right when he was playing for the Royals. But as he slowly tried to find his rhythm in the nets for Australia, he began to gradually get his grip right, his footwork right and finally got his hands moving the way he wanted them to.
“I had a big smile on my face after training the other day, I walked past (men’s team assistant coach) Andrew McDonald and said ‘I’ve found them again’,” Smith said.
“I was really excited. Theoretically, it is a simple thing, but it is just getting that feel and the look of the bat behind my toe the right way and the way my hands come up on the bat. It’s hard to explain but it just hasn’t quite been right until probably two days ago and I found a little something and everything just clicked in,” he signed off.