New Delhi: Travis Head and Steve Smith tormented India on Day 1 of the World Test Championship final as they propelled the Aussies to a mammoth score of 327-3, putting India on the backfoot early in the match. Travis Head and Steve Smith joined hands when Australia were in a spot of bother at 76-3 but the players looked unfazed by the moving ball and stitched an unbeaten 251-run partnership to put Australia in the driving seat.
Travis Head left India reeling and blasted a century off just 106 balls. Steve Smith looked solid at the other end and played second fiddle to Head for the most part before going on attacking mode in the final session. Head remained not out on 146 while Steve Smith ended the day at an unbeaten 95.
Steve Smith Is The Best Player Of This Generation: Virat Kohli
Meanwhile, post the end of Day’s play, Virat Kohli hailed Steve Smith and termed him the best player 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 ahead of the ongoing World Test Championship final between India and Australia.
“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.
Earlier, India won the toss and opted to bowl. The team had to take a call on going with an extra pacer or playing Ashwin and the team opted for Umesh Yadav. The move didn’t pay dividends as Umesh failed to put any pressure on the batters. India now find themselves in a spot of bother and they need to make amends on Day 2 to make a comeback into the match.