Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has responded to Australia batsman Steve Smith’s comment on the challenge of facing short balls by Jasprit Bumrah and Co, saying that nobody is ever ready for the short balls.
Australia batsman Steve Smith (Reuters Image)
- Steve Smith had said that he doesn’t have any problem facing the short balls
- I suppose we’ll just wait and see: Smith had said on prospect of facing short balls from India bowlers
- Nobody can say ‘I’m ready’: Sunil Gavaskar
Australians are known to play a hard and aggressive form of cricket, it’s not a hidden fact. Their players start the war even before the commencement of a series, mind games being a part of it. Recently, former Australia captain and his team’s batting mainstay, Steve Smith has spread some light on the prospect of facing short balls from India bowlers.
He had said that New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner had enjoyed success against him by using the short balls but not everyone is as talented as him. Smith had added that short balls were something he was used to and they don’t “stress” him out.
“It’s no dramas for me. I just play the game and sum up the conditions, how they’re trying to get me out and being able to counter that. I mean, a few different oppositions have tried it and they’ve certainly found it more difficult to [execute it] the way Wagner did. He’s got an amazing skill set where his speeds go up and down, everything is between your ribs and your head.
“If teams are trying to get me out like that it’s probably a big benefit for the team because it takes a lot out of people’s bodies if you continually bowl short. I’ve faced a lot of short bowling in my life and I haven’t had too many stresses with it. I suppose we’ll just wait and see,” Smith had said.
No one is ever ready for the short ball!
Indian batting legend and former captain Sunil Gavaskar has responded to the aforementioned comments by Steve Smith, saying that no is ever ready for a short ball. Gavaskar has also answered to Smith’s praise for Neil Wagner, the bowler whose short bowling skill cannot be matched by any bowler according to the Australian. Gavaskar has asserted that the the bouncer from Mohammad Shami will be hard to “negotiate” for many batsmen.
“No one is ever ready for the short ball! A good short ball will trouble the best of batsmen. Nobody can say ‘I’m ready’.
“Mohammed Shami in particular has a fabulous bouncer. If he gets it right on target, then you can be pretty certain that not too any batsmen will be able to negotiate him,” Gavaskar told Sportstar.