Australian star batsman Steve Smith became the second-fastest to score his 27th Test century on the second day of the third Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday.
With the help of his latest century, Smith has equalled his Test century record with the Indian skipper Virat Kohli. In fact, Smith surpassed the Indian skipper in achieving the feat faster. He even surpassed the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. Smith took only 136 innings to reach the milestone, while Sachin and Kohli required 141 innings to complete their 27th Test century. Kohli has 27 centuries in 147 innings.
Thus, Smith became the second-fastest batsman to smash 27 Test centuries. Requiring just 70 innings, the great Don Bradman is the fastest player to hold the record.
Smith, who appeared to be out of form in the previous Test, shut the naysayers with his swashbuckling hundred. Smith had scored only 10 runs cumulatively in the previous knocks, but his game took a 360° turn today. Seems like he has been going through all the comments dealing with his form, and the batsman was quick to grasp his form, which was quite evident in today’s match.
He entered the scene of Australian innings in the 35th over and face the Indian bowling line-up in a very composed manner. Having set himself on the field and adjusting to the bowling attacks, Smith soon picked up momentum and went on to hit 16 fours. While steadily approaching his hundred, Smith stitched a partnership of a ton with Marnus Labuschagne, putting Australia in a highly dominating position.
In 226 balls, Smith scored 131 runs, a beautiful inning that took off any pressure from the Aussies. Smith’s reign was then put to an end by Ravindra Jadeja’s direct hit, which prevented a possible double ton by the player.
“I’m reading lots of things people say about out of form, but think there’s a difference between out of form and out of runs so it was just nice to score a few and maybe keep a few people quiet,” Smith said about his century speaking to Fox Cricket.