Steve Smith made his debut in a T20I for Australia in 2010, been picked up as a bowler who can bat little bit. He made his ODI and Test debut later that year.
In the 2010 World T20 competition held in the West Indies, Australia finished runners up to England. Smith took 11 wickets in seven matches at an average of 14.81 to finish as the equal second highest wicket-taker of the tournament.
Performing reasonably well in Test matches as well he unfortunately didn’t played another test match for Australia till 2013.
Today he is the talisman of Australian cricket, captain in all formats of game and probably the best batsmen in Test cricket. He has been on fire in recent times and he just lead Australia to 4-0 thrashing of England in Ashes on home shores.
On 30th december 2017 he reached a Test batting rating of 947, the second highest of all time, only behind Don Bradman’s 961.
In an interview with cricket.com.au recently, the Australian batting sensation talks about his style of playing certain shots and reveals his source of inspiration for the same.
“I have learnt a little bit of Virat Kohli, the way he plays spin and the way he hits the ball through the offside. I have probably learnt a little bit out of that,” said the 28 year old Aussie.
Smith also talked about the extent he has learned from AB de Villiers’ style of play. “I have copied a bit of what AB de Villiers has done. I just open, myself and set myself to play the ball, especially when the ball is reversing.”
The Australian skipper also reveals how he try to learn from the best and how that has helped him coming all this way. “A few years ago, I tried to bat like Kane Williamson, play the ball really late.
“I look at different people, the way they play, what works for them and sometimes try and incorporate them into my game, I just try and learn. These guys are the best players in the world for reasons. You try and get whatever you can out of it.”
Smith has been a role model to millions of kids not only in Australia but all around the world. His journey from being a leg spinning all rounder, who was in and out of the team to a batting superstar, is nothing short of an incredible story.
His coming out in the media about being inspired by his contemporaries puts light on yet another aspect on Smith’s personality.