new Delhi: If Jasprit Bumrah-led Indian bowling attack plans to bowl short ball to Australian batsman Steve Smith in the upcoming series, then he will have to target Smith’s shoulder and ribs for a long time. At the same time, he will have to bowl fast balls, as New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner put Smith last year.
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Kiwi bowler Neil Wagner had dismissed Smith 4 out of 5 times in a 3-match Test series with his short balls. Steve Smith believes that it may not be possible for Indian bowlers to target the area that Wagner had targeted because Indian bowlers have diversified their pace for a long time and have a different kind of Is a skill
Smith said, ‘He (Wagner) is really patient with the team. They are able to do this all day. There are not many fast bowlers who can bowl with bouncers all day. I think the way Neil does it is really special. He balls between the shoulder and the rib. He is incredibly accurate and has the ability to change his pace.
Smith had to struggle a lot against Wagner last year. He scored just 214 runs with the help of 2 half-centuries with the help of 42.8. He believes that no one else can do the way Wagner uses shot balls.
He said, ‘Wagner is the number 2 bowler in Tests at the moment. If you look at Wagner, you will find that he has taken more wickets on short pitch balls. The way he fields, probably because he is the No. 2 Test bowler. The other bowler is not the same as Wagner.
Smith says that Test cricket gives you a chance to partner and that means if you throw a short ball, then you have to wait. He said, ‘This is Test cricket, and that is the beauty of it. You can do as long a partnership as you want. If I keep this kind of thinking, it will be good for me.