Video: Sachin Tendulkar decodes Steve Smith's complicated technique with extremely organised mindset

Sachin Tendulkar reveals the reason behind Steve Smith's magnificent run in the recently concluded Ashes series where he made 774 runs from 4 matches
Video: Sachin Tendulkar decodes Steve Smith's complicated technique with extremely organised mindset
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Steve Smith announced his arrival into the Test arena in the grandest manner possible after serving a one-year ban due to sandpaper gate. He amassed 774 runs in the Ashes series at an average of 110.57. His extraordinary performance heaped praises from cricketers across the globe. Little Master Sachin Tendulkar also joined the bandwagon and praised the Australian for his batting during the Ashes. He also posted a video on social media decoding the reason behind Steve Smith's success during the Ashes.

In the video, Sachin Tendulkar said, "In the first Test match, English bowlers tried to get him out in the slips. They had three slips and a gully. What he started doing was, he would shuffle across and expose his leg stump so that he would cover this (off side) line. He was leaving and being selective (about playing) very smartly."

"At Lord's and after, they had a leg slip for him. Especially against Jofra Archer they had a few short pitched deliveries which got him in trouble, because he was actually getting in line with weight little bit on the back foot. The most important thing for any batter is to keep your head in a forward position and weight if not back, at least in line or marginally forward. That's why he got into bad positions when Archer bowled short. That's how he also got it."

In the second Test at Lord's, Steve Smith was stuck on the neck while trying to avoid a bouncer from Archer, forcing him to retire. He returned briefly before being dismissed and was subsequently ruled out of the remainder of the Test and the next game with concussion.

Tendulkar also explained Steve Smith's change of approach to short-pitch bowling in the remaining games.

"I'm sure he has gone back and worked on his technique and his set up. So whenever there was a leg slip, he would not go across and expose his leg stump because he knew the bowlers were targeting him in that area. If he went there (both legs to the off-stump), it is difficult to keep the ball down, it's always going to go uppishly. You can't get on top of the ball. But if you go there and hold your left foot there (covering the leg stump), you're constantly on top of the ball."

"What he started doing in the fourth and fifth Tests, against short pitched balls, he was leaving this way (bending with head forward, not back). He worked on his technique very smartly. But the most important factor that I noticed was, whenever there was a leg slip, he was holding his left foot on the leg stump line to ensure it wasn't exposed. That's why I say complicated technique, but extremely organized."

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