Steve Smith continues to torment India, smashes 20th century in Dharamsala Test
Steve Smith continued to dominate the Indian cricket team as he smashed his seventh hundred against them and his 20th overall in the Dharamsala Test.Updated: Mar 25, 2017 14:26 IST
Steve Smith continued his love affair with India as he blasted his third century of the series on the first day of the Dharamsala Test here on Saturday. (DAY 1 LIVE BLOG)
The Australian skipper reached the landmark when he glanced Kuldeep Yadav to the fine leg fence. Smith’s century was his seventh against India and 20th overall. In the course of his knock, he registered several records. (LIVE SCORECARD)
The Australian skipper became the first batsman in the current series to go past 400 runs. He also became the first batsman to hit three centuries in all the three new venues in India and the first Australian captain to hit three tons in a series.
This was the fourth time in Smith’s career that he went past 400 runs in a series. He smashed 769 runs in the four Tests against India in 2014/15, 508 runs in the 2015 Ashes in England and 441 runs in the series against Pakistan in 2015/16
With his third century of the series, Smith became only the second captain in history to have hit three centuries in one series against India, the first being Alastair Cook of England during the 2012 series.
Joins an elite club
The right-hander also became only the sixth captain to hit over 400 runs in a series in India. Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd holds the record with 636 runs in the 1974/75 series followed by Australia’s Kim Hughes with 594 in the 1979 series. Cook smashed 562 runs in the 2012 series while Alvin Kallicharran thumped 538 runs in the 1978 series. Lloyd also went past 400 runs again in the 1983 series.
Smith’s seventh century against India has also put him in an elite list. He joined the West Indies’ trio of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Everton Weekes and Clive Lloyd, South Africa’s Jacques Kallis and Australia’s former skipper Michael Clarke as the other players who have smashed seven Test tons against India. Only Ricky Ponting, Sir Vivian Richards and Garfield Sobers are ahead of Smith with eight tons.
The Australian skipper has been the difference in this series and the visitors will be hoping that he scores another big ton as they look to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy