I have learnt a little bit of Virat Kohli: Steve Smith
“I have copied a bit of what AB de Villiers has done," he added.
Published - Feb 22, 2018 2:57 pm | Updated - Feb 22, 2018 2:57 pm
Australian skipper Steve Smith has had a dream run in Test cricket in the recent times. Smith has emerged as a leading cricketer in the modern day cricket. He scored 1754 runs in the 24 matches that he played last year. This included seven centuries including a career best score in an Ashes fixture as well. His stellar run in the Ashes saw Australia regain the Ashes.
Now, Steve Smith is all set to lead his side in South Africa. Ahead of the tournament, he spoke at length about how he has evolved his game over the years. As per the quotes in cricket.com.au, Smith revealed that he has picked up the brains of Virat Kohli to improve his off-side game. He also added that he has copied a bit of how AB de Villiers go about his game.
“I have learnt a little bit of Virat Kohli, the way he plays spin and the way he hits the ball through the offside. I have probably learnt a little bit out of that,” quoted Steve Smith.
“I have copied a bit of what AB de Villiers has done. I just open ,myself and set myself to play the ball, especially when the ball is reversing,” he added.
‘Tried to bat like Kane Williamson’
Speaking further on the same note, Steve Smith remarked that he has also tried batting like New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson. He has managed to learn the art of playing the ball late from Williamson. Smith only hopes to get better and better in his game. He is willing to learn from the greats of the game and improvise his game with every passing tour.
“A few years ago, I tried to bat like Kane Williamson, play the ball really late. I look at different people, the way they play, what works for them and sometimes try and incorporate them into my game,” mentioned the Australian captain.
“I just try and learn. These guys are the best players in the world for reasons. You try and get whatever you can out of it,” he conceded.