Steve Smith explains why facing Ravindra Jadeja in India is a daunting task
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: April 8, 2020 4:42:07 pm

Steve Smith picked out Ravindra Jadeja because the trickiest bowler to face in India. (File Photo/Reuters)

Steve Smith, saying that winning a Test series in India is a profession objective for him, picked out Ravindra Jadeja because the trickiest bowler to face in Indian situations due to the way in which it is tough to evaluate his variations from the way in which the ball comes out of his fingers.

In a freewheeling chat with Ish Sodhi, Smith spoke about taking part in in India, the IPL season and numerous issues in a podcast organised by Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday.

Heaping reward on Jadeja, Smith stated, “Why he is so good because, he hits that good length and one ball skids on and one spins, and it just all looks same out of the hand. I think consistency in length is key and then having at least one variation.”

“So, I think for a leg-spinner, having a good googly, or a slider is crucial and for fingers spinners, being able to change the pace without changing the arms speed too much. I reckon there a few around the world who do that, Jadeja is one of them. He is very difficult to play.”

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Speaking about short-term and long-term plans in his profession, Smith stated beating India in a Test sequence is a precedence for him. “I would love to win a Test series in India. I think as an Australian cricketer we talk about like Ashes is always big, World Cup is big but I think now India is no.1 team in the world and it is a very difficult place to play Test cricket, so I would love to win a series there,” he stated.

Smith took over the captaincy from Ajinkya Rahane mid-season in the final version of the IPL and he is eager to guide the Rajasthan Royals from the start if the cash-rich occasion, which has been suspended until April 15 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is held later in the 12 months.

“Plenty going on in the world at present, but hopefully we can get an IPL at some stage,” stated Smith.

“The two seasons that I captained the Royals have been each half seasons, Shane Watson gave me the captaincy in 2015 after which final 12 months out of the blue, I took over on the again finish of the season. Looking at having a crack at it full time and the Royals have a fairly good squad,” he stated.

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