The star batsman of the Australian cricket team Steve Smith is one of the greatest Test cricketers and has had a great record against team India. In fact, with an average of 113.50 in 7 Tests, Smith has a great record when it comes to Boxing Day Tests at the MCG. However, Smith had the worst day at work today after he was dismissed for a duck.
Well, during Day 1 of the 2nd Test Steve was dismissed for a duck for the first time in his career against India. Smith became the victim of Ravichandran Ashwin, who gave India the much-needed breakthrough in the morning of Day 1.
It happened in the 15th over by R Ashwin, when he got the better of Steve Smith with a classic off-spin-delivery.
The delivery pitched around the middle and spun towards the leg, while Smith attempted to nudge the ball behind square. However, he failed miserably and Cheteshwar Pujara dived to his left at leg slip to complete the catch and Steve Smith suffered his first-ever duck against India, thanks to R Ashwin.
Here, watch the video:
Ravi Ashwin has Steve Smith!
The Aussie departs for a duck 👀
As simple as you like… pic.twitter.com/Y7pxOgWSA8
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) December 26, 2020
Also, this is the second time Steve Smith became the victim of R Ashwin in ongoing Ind vs Aus series. During the first innings of the 1st Test, Ashwin sent him back with only 1 run in his account.
Meanwhile, as soon as R Ashwin sent Steve Smith back to the pavilion, social media was flooded with amazing reactions from the fans. From memes to amazing tweets, fans are hailing Ashwin for his brilliance. There are many who are thanking Ashwin for making ‘waking up at 5’ worth it.
Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
Steve Smith scores a duck after 52 Test innings and four years! #AusvInd
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 26, 2020
— Likhitha गुप्ता సుగ్గల 🇮🇳💃🏽 (@likhithaSuggala) December 26, 2020
Steve Smith Scores a Duck🐣 After 52 Test Innings🏏 And Four Years!
Who Said @ashwinravi99 Can't Take Wicket in Australia🇦🇺#INDvsAUSTest #INDvAUS #BorderGavaskarTrophy 🏆 pic.twitter.com/QzGdf5vnSL
— Arbaz Hussain (@ArbazHus77) December 26, 2020
— So Called Cinema (@socalledcinemaa) December 26, 2020
R Ashwin to Steve Smith today:-
✔️ Smith's first duck against India in any format
✔️ Smith's first duck in 1st-innings of a Test
✔️ Smith's first Test duck against a right-arm spinner
✔️ Smith's first Test duck at MCG
✔️ Smith's longest duck (8 balls)#AUSvIND
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) December 26, 2020
Such an incredible session of cricket it was, totally worth waking up at 5 pic.twitter.com/lQpu5hSSUL
— Sammith Bharadwaj ಸಮ್ಮಿತ್ ಭಾರದ್ವಾಜ್ (@Sammith130) December 26, 2020
Dunno about the commentators but I personally love the phrase "Steve Smith: Duck"
— A Lifetime Bitch (@tiredandstrong) December 26, 2020
— Karthik Kota (@karthikkotas) December 26, 2020
Australians to Steve Smith after he departs for a duck :- pic.twitter.com/mdXlCpQOEc
— Ashish Kumar Pandey (@imAKPandey) December 26, 2020
Bumrah in this series: 6 runs
Smith: 2 runs
PS: One of them is a bowler. #AusvInd
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) December 26, 2020
YOUR WAKING UP AT 5AM IS WORTH IT. Thank you Ash! #AUSvIND
— Manya (@CSKian716) December 26, 2020