Say what you will about Steve Smith, and we should note, much has been, not all of it complimentary, but the Aussie skipper thrived on a wicket where most batsmen failed, and he is coming close to equaling the record run of THE Don Bradman.
He recorded a century at Pune on day two at Pune, fueling what seems to be a significant reversal of fortune compared to last year’s international results.
He fought late in the day from the crease as Australia attempted to build a total that would bat India out of the match entirely, making Indian spinners Ashwin and Jadeja look predictable, whereas the other Aussie batsmen were for the most part able to produce even a half century.
Smith, since becoming captain, has led by example. His run of form since taking the helm borders on the incomprehensible, as his run average has climbed above 60.
He entered rarified territory by passing triple figures on day three, becoming one of just five men in the history of cricket to score five consecutive centuries against a single team.
That run began in 2014, when he posted 162, 133, 192 and 117 across four Tests. He has maintained that sort of form since, and his five centuries leaves him one short of Bradman’s mark that has stood since 1939.