Captaining India is like playing chess, every ball counts: Smith

Stand-in captain Steve Smith, who led Australia to a memorable win against India here in the absence of Pat Cummins, says he enjoys leading his side in this country as there is a chance of something happening with every ball, making the situation like a chess game. it occurs. Cummins, the regular captain of the team, has returned to Australia to take care of his ailing mother.

Smith, who was the captain of the team on the 2017 tour of India, said that he would prefer to play on spinner-assisted pitches than the flat pitches he has had on this tour so far for five days. Asked about the victory in the most challenging conditions, Smith said he is proud of his team as they bounced back brilliantly after losing the opening two Tests inside three days.

Smith said in the press conference after the match, “It is very difficult to achieve such a victory. For us to top the game after losing the toss shows the talent and confidence of this group. “We lost the match because of a bad season in Delhi. We got a good break to recover from it and came here well prepared.

“It was about strengthening our mental state. It was about trusting your ways. It was about having the belief that we would be successful and that the outcome of the match would be in our favour. Happy to qualify for This which was obviously part of our plan for some time. Achieving it for this team is worth celebrating.

Smith, however, said that he had fulfilled his responsibility as captain. This team belongs to Cummins and he will lead it. He said, “My time (captaincy) is over. It is now Paddy’s (Pat Cummins) team. I am glad that I took over the reins this week under the circumstances when Cummins is not here. ”””’ Smith said, ”Look, India is the part of the world that I love to captain. It is like a game of chess, every ball has some meaning. You have to think one step ahead. This is my favorite place in the world to captain.

The spin-friendly pitches at the Holkar Stadium drew criticism but Smith is not bothered by it and relishes such a challenge. He said, “So far all the wickets have been helpful to the spinners. We haven’t been able to play cricket for more than three days yet. This shows that spin is happening in all Tests from day one. I love playing on such pitches. It gets boring playing for five days on flat pitches.

He said, “There is always something or the other happening on these wickets (pitches). You have to work really hard for your runs, but guys have shown they can do it. If Usman in the first innings, Pujara, Rohit, Akshar, Handscomb did it in Nagpur, others can do it too. Yes, here you also need a little bit of luck.

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