Steve Smith reveals an extraordinary superstition that he follows before batting
Updated - Mar 27, 2017 4:00 pm
Superstitions are a part of most cricketer’s life but Aussie captain Steve Smith who is the form of his life is following a superstition which will blow away your mind. He is currently taping his shoelaces with his socks while coming out to bat. Before coming out to bat, Smith asks the team physio to tape it up before Smith wears the pads.
Smith’s teammates have conceded that the captain doesn’t like to see the shoe laces popping out when he is batting. Southpaw Usman Khwaja revealed that Smith likes to stick with the things which have worked for him. Smith has been in the form of his life scoring heaps of runs against every opposition. In the ongoing series against India, Smith has amassed 3 centuries at a staggering average of 80.
Smith revealed that he started following this superstition from the last edition of the IPL due to the kind of pants they were given to wear. “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. And 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 was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
The superstition has clearly paid off rich dividends for the Aussie captain as he has been in a scintillating run-scoring form off late especially in the longest format of the game. With an average of 80 Smith is the highest run getter in the ongoing series against India and has led the visitors by example with his exceptional display of batsmanship.
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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