“I did it a few times in the IPL and it went well”

Talismanic Australian batter Steve Smith is hoping to continue batting at the top of T20 cricket after sizzling in the current Big Bash League (BBL) season. The veteran cricketer claimed to have played decently in the opening of batting in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Smith has opened the innings a total of five times for the Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals, averaging 33.20 with two fifties and a promising batting average of 138.33. However, he has batted the most at #3, where he averages 35.27 with a decent batting average of 128.33 with eight half-centuries.

The right-handed batsman said opening the innings is ideal for T20 given the field restrictions and the fact that batsmen can play their shots even after the power play once established. As quoted by ESPN Cricinfo, the 33-year-old said:

“I like it at the top, who wouldn’t want to open in T20 cricket? Two men outside, it gives you a chance to just play the ball as you see it early. And then as soon as the fielders go out, you have and have a chance to play your shots. It’s a place where I like to bang. I’ve done it a few times in the IPL and it’s been fine. I don’t read too much into it. I just go out and play and I do my best. We’ll see what the future brings, it’s still a while before the next T20 international anyway.”

The former Australia captain kicked off his 2022 BBL season with an impressive 27-ball 36 against the Perth Scorchers, followed by a blistering hundred against the Adelaide Strikers. It was the right-hander’s second century in T20 cricket.

Steve Smith only played one game at the 2022 T20 World Cup

SteveSmith. (Image credit: Getty)
SteveSmith. (Image credit: Getty)

12 months after becoming world T20 champion with Australia in the UAE in November 2021, Smith lost his place in the XI for the title defense at home to Tim David. With Australia favoring a line-up of power hitters, the 33-year-old stayed on the sidelines for most of the tournament.

He played in Australia’s last group stage game against Afghanistan but died four times. With Aaron Finch unlikely to play in the 2024 T20 World Cup, Smith could back up David Warner at the helm for the West Indies and USA competition.

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