|Steve Smith Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||June 2, 1989|
Steve Smith is an Australian international cricketer and the former captain of the Australian national team. He is best known for his high batting average due to which he is considered as one of the best batsmen in the world with a Test batting average of 947, that is the second-highest of all time, only less than that of Don Bradman. The cricketer was named the best Test batsman in the world by the ICC Player Rankings in the years 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Steven Peter Devereux Smith
Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Smith went to Menai High School but dropped out later.
- Father – Peter Smith
- Mother – Gillian Smith
- Siblings – Kristie Smith (Older Sister)
Right-Arm Leg Spin
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Steve has dated –
- Dani Willis (2011-Present) – Steve began dating Dani Willis in 2011. She was a commerce and law student at Macquarie University. Their engagement was announced while they were on a vacation in New York in June 2017. The couple tied the knot on September 15, 2018, at Berrima, New South Wales.
Race / Ethnicity
He has Australian ancestry on his father’s side and is of English descent on his mother’s side.
- Chubby Face
- Dimpled Smile
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Best Known For
- Being an Australian international cricketer and former captain of the Australian national team
- High batting average due to which he is considered to be one of the best batsmen in the world
First Cricket Match
He made his T20 international debut on February 5, 2010, in a match against Pakistan.
Steve made his ODI debut on February 19, 2010, in the match against West Indies.
He made his Test Match debut on July 13, 2010, in the match against Pakistan. He did not play in the first innings but in the 2nd innings, he bagged 3 wickets for 51 runs.
First TV Show
Apart from the broadcast of his cricket matches, he made his TV show debut as ‘Himself’ on the documentary series, Australian Story in 2016.
As per an interview in 2017, Steve revealed that he liked the long and hardcore workouts. He used to go out for jogging early in the morning and also focused on interval weight training that helped build his strength and helped him achieve a leaner body. After hard training sessions or practices in the field, he liked to do breathing exercises which helped him relax his mind and soul.
He also revealed that he was a little chubby as a child, so, he then focused on a low carb diet to maintain his fitness. Steve avoided alcohol as much as possible as beer contains a lot of carbs which was not ideal for his lean body. He drank a lot of water throughout the day that kept him fully hydrated.
Steve Smith Favorite Things
- Sports – Baseball, Horse Race
Source – NDTV
Steve Smith Facts
- He attended school till he was 17 after which he dropped out in order to follow his dream of playing cricket.
- The first club that he played for was Seven Oaks Vine in England in the premier division of the Kent Cricket League and performed so well that he was offered to play for Surrey’s Second XI.
- Because of the difference in the nationality of his parents, Steve holds dual citizenship of Australia as well as Britain.
- He was originally selected as a right-arm leg spinner for Australian national team but later played mainly as a batsman.
- In 2008, he was chosen as the member of the Australian team for the Under 19 Cricket World Cup which was held in Malaysia and he scored 114 runs taking 7 wickets in 4 matches.
- He made his first-class debut on January 25, 2008, playing for Australian Men’s Professional first-class team, New South Wales against Western Australia where he scored 33 runs in 1 inning.
- He was also the part of New South Wales that went on to win 2009’s Twenty20 Champions League.
- Steve had played 13 First-Class matches by the end of 2009-2010 season and had a batting average of 50 and although his bowling was not that effective, he improved with time and even got praised by former Australian national team’s captain Shane Warne.
- In the last match of 2009-2010 season, he went on to take 7 wickets for 64 runs.
- On January 1, 2008, he made his Twenty20 debut where he played for New South Wales against South Australia in the KFC Big Bash Tournament of which he became the leading wicket-taker with 9 wickets and was also ranked as the 2nd player of the tournament.
- In the next season, he joined the team Sydney Sixers where he was later named the captain when Brad Haddin had to drop out. The team went on to win the season.
- Steve scored a total of 166 runs in 9 matches that included 1 half-century and took 6 wickets and 9 catches in the 2011-2012 Big Bash League.
- His impressive performance at the 2011-2012 Big Bash League made former Indian cricket captain Saurav Ganguly notice him and he was selected to play for Pune Warriors India in 2012 Indian Premier League.
- He was made the captain of Pune Warriors in 1 match when the original captain Sourav Ganguly could not play, although, team’s vice-captain was Michael Clarke.
- In the IPL, he was first chosen by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2010 as the replacement for former international Newzealand cricketer Jesse Ryder.
- Steve was taken by Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011 for an estimated $200k but could not play in that season due to an ankle injury. In the next season, Kochi Tuskers were removed from the IPL and he was chosen by the Pune Warriors.
- His first match for Pune Warriors got him ‘The Man Of The Match’ award where he scored 39 runs in 32 balls and made his team win against Mumbai Indians.
- For the 2014 season of Indian Premium League, Steve was taken by Rajasthan Royals for an estimated amount of $600k and was also made the captain in 2015.
- Steve has been named as one of the 10 exceptional players for the first edition of the Global T20 Canada Cricket Tournament.
- He has also played in the Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan Super League, and Bangladesh Premier League in 2018.
- After playing in the 2010-11 season, Steve did not play in the test cricket for 2 consecutive years returning in 2013 tour of India where he was initially chosen as a backup batsman but was later in the playing line up as 4 other players were dropped from the team.
- He completed his first Test century in the third Test match at Perth during the 2013–14 Ashes Series in Brisbane and his first ODI century was scored against England in January 2015 where he made 102 runs in 95 balls.
- Steve achieved his 1,000th run milestone in the year 2014 that made him the eighth-fastest Australian to reach 2000 runs in a Test match, leaving behind former Australian captains such as Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting.
- He was one of the impressive performers of the 2015 World Cup that Australia won, scoring 402 runs that also involved a century and 4 fifties. His name was added in the team of the tournament for the 2015 World Cup by the ICC, ESPNcricinfo and Cricbuzz.
- After the retirement of Australian former captain Michael Clarke, Steve was made the captain of the Australian National Team in 2015.
- In 2018, Steve was indulged in a controversy of ball-tampering when the team’s second-youngest and most inexperienced member, Cameron Bancroft, was seen rubbing the cricket ball with the sandpaper. After the incident, a conference was held where Steve admitted that a leadership group of the team discussed the idea of tampering with the ball so that the result of the match could be influenced and he admitted to being the part of the leadership group but did not identify the other members.
- Following the ball-tampering incident, both Steve and vice-captain David Warner left the team lead the next morning but continued to play for the team.
- An independent investigation was launched against Steve by cricket Australia that charged Steve with the allegation of bringing shame to the game.
- In February 2021, during the IPL Players Auction, he was purchased by the Delhi Capitals team for INR 2.20 crore – only 20 lakhs more than the base price.
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