Steve Smith is arguably the best red ball batsman in the World at the moment. Surprisingly, the former Australian skipper debuted in the International circuit as a leg spinner. Steve Smith first got noticed by the cricket experts when he represented the Australian cricket team in the 2008 U-19 World Cup. He debuted soon after 2008 World Cup for the Australian national team as a leg spinner after the retirement of Shane Warne and was seen as a replacement for the legendary bowler in the Australian cricketing set-up.
Virat Kohli and Smith recently appeared on a talk show hosted by the Australian cricket. Virat Kohli questioned Steve Smith about his transition from a leg-spinner to one of the best test batsman in contempory history. Kohli also shared a few incidents about his earlier encounters with Smith where he was wowed by Smith’s skill as a leg spinner.
“I Have always seen myself as more of a batsman”- Steve Smith
On being questioned about his transition from a spinner to a batsman, Smith said “I have always seen myself as more of a batsman.”
Steve Smith added “As a kid growing up, I always batted but bowled as well just because I wanted to be involved in the game as much as possible.” Steve Smith also revealed that he was a pacer up until he was 14 or 15 years old. Smith revealed that after the retirement of Shane Warne there was a dearth of spin bowlers in Australia and hence Smith who resembled Warne in action was tagged as the ‘next Shane Warne.’
Smith further revealed he loved bowling leg spin but wasn’t very good at it and the extra amount of practice was adversely affecting his batting. He further stated that he got dropped as a spin all-rounder after five games and hence decided to concentrate fully on his batting which he always felt was his strength.