Steve Smith picks the most difficult bowler in sub-continent conditions

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The Coronavirus pandemic has stopped cricketing action on the field. Still, due to it, fans are able to witness a completely different side of their favourite cricketers as many of them are engaging in various activities, which fans haven’t seen at all.


Some cricketers have run a Q/A session on microblogging website Twitter, while some have involved in a live chat session on Instagram with other cricketers. Some have even participated in the podcast to reveal the latest happenings of their life.

Recently, England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow revealed how Australian opener David Warner is as a person in a podcast on SkySports. Now, another Aussie player Steve Smith, engaged himself in a podcast, hosted by New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi.


Smith, who plays for Rajasthan Royals – an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, participated in a podcast in which he revealed many things which many fans heard for the very first time. Royals uploaded the video of the same on their YouTube channel.

In the video, the No.1 ranked Test batsman admitted that he finds India’s all-rounder and sharp spin bowler Ravindra Jadeja challenging to face in sub-continent conditions. Smith said that Jadeja’s actions don’t have many alterations which make it tough for batsmen. He hailed the Indian talisman for hitting the right areas consistently.

“Jadeja in the sub-continent… why he is so good because, he hits that good length and one ball skids on and one spins, and it just all looks same out of the hand. I think consistency in length is key and then having at least one variation,” said Smith during the chat with Sodhi.


Smith opined that Jadeja is one of the very few bowlers in the world who has all the abilities that a quality spinner should have.

“So, I think for a leg-spinner, having a good googly, or a slider is crucial and for fingers spinners, being able to change the pace without changing the arms speed too much. I reckon there a few around the world who do that, Jadeja is one of them. He is very difficult to play,” the 30-year-old added.

Speaking about the Smith vs Jadeja battle, then the left-arm spinner has sent the Sydney-born cricketer six times into the pavilion in six Tests. Out of them, three times Jaddu got Smith out for lbw and one time he shattered the defence of the Aussie batsman.


Jadeja has taken 157 wickets in 33 Test matches with best figures of 7/48. He also has seven five-wicket hauls to his name. While Smith has scored 7227 runs in 73 Tests with an outstanding average of 62.80. He has smashed 26 hundreds and 29 half-centuries in red-ball cricket.

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