Australian run machine Steve Smith has revealed that he usually stands in or off the line of an off stump to limit his methods of getting out.
Smith, the world’s number one Test batsman, has so far scored 7227 runs in 73 Tests. Apart from this, 4162 ODI runs have also been registered in his name. His batting technique is unconventional, which most have failed to understand.
Smith spoke openly about his technique in front of New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi in a conversation organized by IPL first champion Rajasthan Royals. Regarding his batting stance (the way the batsman stands), Smith said, ‘It depends on who is bowling, how the wicket is, how I want to score runs and how the bowler gets me out. Want to do With this I decide how to keep my stance. ‘
He said, “But I usually take a stance where my backfoot is in the line of the stump and on some occasions even beyond that. From this I know that any ball that is going out of my sight, it will not hit my stump. ‘
Smith said, “I believe you should not be out if the ball is not in line with the stumps.” When I started taking such a stance, it was one of my tricks. This was to limit the ways of getting out. ‘
The 30-year-old said that taking an off-stump stance helps him to drop the outgoing balls. He said, ‘Many times I get out lbw in front of wickets, but I accept it because I know that if it was going out of line of my eyes then I would not have to play it. I could only leave it. ‘