Twitter heaps praises on Steve Smith for resolute knock in comeback

Twitter heaps praises on Steve Smith for resolute knock in comeback

Smith scored 61 runs from 41 balls and laid the platform for the run-chase, which seemed improbable in the start.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Steve Smith didn’t have an auspicious time in the last few months. A year back, he was touted to break a number of records in world cricket owing to his unorthodox, yet stupendous prowess with the willow. The ball-tampering fiasco in Cape Town not only severely tarnished Australian cricket’s reputation, but also made Smith an overnight ‘villain’ from being a ‘superstar’.

The tainted cricketer broke down in a press conference while admitting to his wrongdoing. Meanwhile, the media tried their hearts out to keep an eye on Smith’s whereabouts and the same antics were bashed by Darren Sammy, the Windies cricketer. However, Smith didn’t let the situation to unnerve him. He was drafted in to play for the Toronto Nationals in the inaugural edition of the Global Canada T20.

Smith’s jaw-dropping comeback

He played under the captaincy of Sammy in the National’s opening match versus the Vancouver Knights and did reasonably well. He took a brilliant catch at long off to dismiss Chris Gayle, who looked set to tee off. It also provided Canadian off-break bowler Nikhil Dutta with his first wicket. In the 9th over, he dropped a rather simple chance of Evin Lewis, who notched 96 runs to take the Knights to 227.

In response, Sammy’s men lost the first wicket of Nizakat Khan to Tim Southee in the very first over. Smith came in thereafter and had the responsibility to guide his team forward. He did the same with sheer class and racked up a magnificent half-century. The right-hander scored 61 runs from 41 balls and laid the platform for the run-chase, which seemed improbable in the start.

He was eventually nipped out by Fawad Ahmed in the 14th over. Smith tried to use his feet and missed the leather. Chadwick Walton, the Windies wicketkeeper dislodged the bails without much fuss. The Nationals won the match by six wickets with four balls remaining. In the meantime, Twitter was all praises for the return of the Australian prodigy.

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