New Delhi: Batting on 95, Steve Smith got two half volleys from Mohammed Siraj in the first over which he flicked for boundaries to reach his 31st Test century. Smith along with Travis Head has put Australia in a brilliant position in the WTC final, with the Pat Cummins-led side sitting comfortably at 336-3 at the time of writing. Smith and Travis Head joined hands when Australia were in a spot of bother at 76-3 and stitched a 251-run partnership at the end of Day 1 to put India on the mat.
Steve Smith Shatter Records With Stunning Ton In WTC Final
Meanwhile, Steve Smith surpassed Matthew Hayden to become the third leading century maker for Australia. Smith, who has 31 centuries, is only behind Ricky Ponting (41) and Steve Waugh (32). Meanwhile, Steve Smith also joined Joe Root on the list of batters with the most centuries against India. Both Smith and Root have nine hundreds against India.
Steve Smith also leapfrogged Rahul Dravid and Joined Steve Waugh in the list of batters with the most Test hundreds in England. Smith and Waugh have six centuries to their names, behind Don Bradman who has 11 centuries. This was also Smith’s third century at the venue.
Steve Smith is one of the greatest batters of the modern era. After the end of Day 1, even Virat Kohli admitted that Smith is the greatest Test batter of this generation.
“According to me, Steve Smith is the best Test player of this generation. He has displayed that, his adaptability is absolutely brilliant. You take any cricketer of this generation,” Kohli said.
“Everybody knows his record, in 85-90 Tests, he has an average of 60 which is quite unbelievable. The consistency and impact with which he scores runs, I haven’t seen any Test player doing that in last 10 years. It is credit to his skill and temperament,” Kohli said to Star Sports.