Smith Moment of Madness: In the high-stakes World Cup semi-final, Steve Smith’s departure from the crease marked a critical moment for Australia’s pursuit of victory against South Africa. Known for his steadfast batting, Smith had played a crucial role, contributing a hard-fought 30 runs from 62 balls. However, the pressure of a slowing run rate seemed to get to him, leading to an unexpected and, as some experts described it, “horrible hack.”
Michael Atherton, the former England captain, didn’t mince words in his criticism of the shot, emphasizing the uncharacteristic nature of Smith’s attempt to heave the ball onto the leg side. The dismissal was a result of a misjudgment, with Smith seemingly anticipating a short ball but being surprised by the delivery’s line outside off stump.
Former Aussie star Dirk Nannes found the shot intriguing, highlighting the element of pre-meditation in Smith’s attempt. Meanwhile, Shane Watson, providing commentary, noted the departure from Smith’s typical batting style, terming it an “uncharacteristic loose shot.”
The partnership between Smith and Josh Inglis had been crucial, adding 37 runs off 59 balls. However, the dismissals of Smith and Glenn Maxwell raised concerns about Australia’s chances. Despite the setbacks, Australia managed to secure the win, thanks to the efforts of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc. Now, as they prepare for the blockbuster final against India, Smith faces the task of shaking off the disappointment and regaining his composure. The final showdown is set to unfold at the grand Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday night.