Australian batsman Steve Smith is gearing up for his return to international cricket in the upcoming ODI series against India. He had missed the South Africa tour due to a wrist injury but is now fully recovered and eager to play.
Smith’s most recent cricketing assignment was the five-match Ashes series in England, where he had a respectable performance, accumulating 373 runs in 10 innings with an average of 37.30.
This series concluded with a closely contested 2-2 scoreline, and Smith notably scored a century in the second Test at Lord’s, finishing the series with half-centuries in both innings of the last Test at The Oval.
As the 2023 ODI World Cup approaches in India, the former Australian captain is eager to find his form during the three-match series against the Indian team. Speaking on the eve of the series, he confidently expressed that he’s in excellent shape and feeling rejuvenated.
What is Steve Smith’s performance like in ODIs against India?
It’s well known that Steve Smith enjoys batting against India, and his record reflects that. When it comes to ODIs against the Indian team, Smith has participated in 24 matches, amassing 1145 runs with an impressive average of 57.25, which includes five centuries.
In eleven of the 24 matches held in Australia, Smith has accumulated 683 runs at an impressive average of 68.30, with four centuries. In India, he has scored 393 runs across 12 matches, maintaining an average of 43.66, with one century to his credit.
There’s also one game played against India at a neutral venue, which was the 2019 World Cup match at The Oval. Smith contributed 69 runs off 70 balls in that game, although Australia ended up losing by 36 runs.
Smith’s highest score against India in ODIs is 149, achieved in Perth in January 2016, leading Australia to a five-wicket victory while chasing a target of 310 in 49.2 overs. His other ODI centuries against India include scores of 105 in Sydney (March 2005), 131 in Bengaluru (January 2020), 105 in Sydney (November 2020), and 104 in Sydney (November 2020).
Smith’s most recent three centuries were achieved in successive matches against India. Following his 131 off 132 balls in Bengaluru, he recorded a brisk 105 off 66 deliveries in the first ODI in Sydney. He followed up with a commanding 104 off just 64 balls in the second ODI at the same venue.
However, in the last ODI encounter against India, which took place in Chennai in March of this year, Smith faced a disappointing dismissal as he was out for a duck.