While Steve Smith has experienced a tremendous return to the longest format following his ball-tampering ban, questions still lingered over his efficacy in ODI cricket. Smith did not have an exceptionally outstanding World Cup with the bat, attracting skeptical glances at his spot in the ODI unit.
Amidst this backdrop, the unorthodox batsman fashioned an elegant knock against India in the second ODI of the three-match series which fell short of helping Australia over the finishing line. Smith struck a terrific 102-ball 98 laced with nine boundaries and a solitary maximum, bringing forth his A game against a strong Indian bowling lineup in their home.
The manner in which Smith built his innings was the most incredible aspect of his crafty skills as he gradually settled in and soon thrashed the bowlers to all parts of the park. His nifty wristwork and neat strokeplay completely took the Indian bowlers by surprise as he pierced the gaps with perfect precision.