Everyone expected 'caged lion' Steve Smith to break the shackles in the third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Aussie didn't disappoint as he went after R Ashwin, who had his number in this ongoing Test series.
Smith on Friday not only ended Australia's Test century drought against India, but also became the batsman to score the maximum number of hundreds against the same opposition in the longest format.
Smith achieved the feat on the second day of the ongoing third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as he helped the hosts post 338 in their first innings. The right-handed batsman has scored eight hundreds in just 25 innings against India that he has played so far.
Gary Sobers (30 innings), Vivian Richards (41 innings) and Ricky Ponting (51 innings) also had scored eight centuries against India.
Smith, currently ranked third in ICC Test rankings, has now scored 27 Test hundreds, equalling Virat Kohli, Graeme Smith and Allan Border.
During that innings, Smith also ended Australia's near four-year drought of centuries against India. The 31-year-old was, in fact, the last Australian to score a hundred for his country against India back in 2017 when he made 111 in the first innings of the Dharamsala Test.
Since then the Aussies went 11 completed innings, all in Australia, without a century before Smith himself broke the jinx.
Smith scored a brilliant 131 before getting run out to this bullet throw from Ravindra Jadeja.
The search for a second run cost Smith his wicket as Jadeja's direct hit from square leg saw him walking back to the pavilion.
Despite returning with four wickets for 62, a haul that included the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne for 91, India all-rounder Jadeja termed the run out of Smith his best performance in Australia's first innings.
"For me the run out is one that I can just rewind and play. It is one of my best. Getting a direct hit from outside the 30-yard circle -- I would call this my best, my favourite. As far as wickets are concerned, four or five wickets outside India are also very good but this moment stands out," said Jadeja while speaking to reporters in a virtual interaction at the end of the day's play.
With Agency Inputs