Srinagar, November 24: Having set high standards and being reckoned as amoung the top batsman of current generation, Australian batsman Steve Smith has said that he was disappointed with his batting during recently concluded Indian Premier League 2020 for Rajasthan Royals in UAE.
Smith was able to score only 311 runs in 14 games at an average of 25.91 and was unable to lead his team through to the playoffs.
Speaking to reporters in a virtual conference call, Smith explained that he was unable to play his natural game in IPL 2020, which affected his performance in the tournament.
“I was pretty disappointed with my batting throughout the IPL. From my standards, I wasn’t consistent enough. I had a few innings here and there, but I never got into a really good rhythm. I got a bit caught up with trying to be a bit too powerful and that’s not quite my game,” Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“There are those players around the world that can hit sixes at will, and I’m probably not one of those. For me, it’s about playing proper cricket shots and hitting the gaps and manipulating the field as much as I can, and I probably went away from that a bit in the IPL,” he added.
“But I know that’s the best way that I play, so keeping my thoughts clear and hitting the ball in the areas I want to hit it,” the batsman further said.
Smith has been hard in training ahead of the India series which kicks off with the first ODI taking place in Sydney on Friday.
“I had a big smile on my face after training the other day, I walked past (men’s team assistant coach) Andrew McDonald and said ‘I’ve found them again’,” Smith said.