IND vs AUS 2020-21: Steve Smith, the ICC’s number one ranked Test batsman will be a challenge for the Indian pace attack and they would have to target him from the very first ball if India wants to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy, starting from December 17 in Adelaide. Due to Smith's unconventional technique, the batting legend Sachin Tendulkar urged the bowlers to target the “fifth stump” during the much-awaited upcoming series in Australia. The Aussies batters David Warner and Steve Smith will play their first series against India after a one-year ban due to the ball-tampering scandal of 2018 against South Africa.
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar gives master tip to dismiss Steve Smith, urge Indian pacers to bowl in the 'Fifth-stump' channel in the upcoming series. Speaking about Smith’s technique, the former Indian team captain reckoned that the 31-year-old is an unconventional batter, thus the Indian pacers would have to make an extra effort to get his wicket.
A few days back, the Australian veteran batsman Steve Smith had stated with his practice in nets, get ready to face the short-ball from the visiting bowlers. The former Indian captain suggested the Indian team test Smith around the 'Off-stump Channel' and force him to play on the back-foot.
Meanwhile, India vs Australia 2020 tour is set to get underway on November 27 in Adelaide where the two sides will square off in the first of the three ODIs. The ODI series will be followed by a three-match T20Is. However, Team India's real challenge will be the four-match Test series kicking from December 17 in Adelaide.
The Indian bowling attack comprising Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav is a potent one but Tendulkar would ideally like the team management to identify a defensive bowler as well in the form of Navdeep Saini along with the mystery spinners that Team India have possessed.
"These two seniors back in the team and also with Labuschangne in there, it makes it a much better batting unit. It will be a bit more competitive series and I am sure India is ready for it," said Tendulkar, giving India a good chance of retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Tendulkar said “Smith’s technique is unconventional…Normally, we tell a bowler in Test matches to bowl on and around off-stump or maybe fourth stump line. But for Smith, because he shuffles, maybe that line (of delivery) moves further away by four to five inches,” Tendulkar told PTI in an interview.
"Smith, I read, said he is ready for the short-pitched stuff...probably he is expecting bowlers to be aggressive up front with him. But, I think, he needs to be tested on and around that off-stump channel. Keep him on the back-foot and induce that early mistake." the former Indian captain said.
“One has to aim between (imaginary) fourth and fifth stump for Steve to nick one. It’s just a mental adjustment of line, more than anything else,” he added.