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Still evolving as a cricketer: Steve

20th September 2017
While having nailed the No 3 spot for himself in the team, Steve Smith feels his century against India in the 2015 World Cup one of his memorable ODI innings in his career.
Steve, who plays his 100th ODI tomorrow, was asked to recall this memorable journey. “I’d probably say my most memorable innings is the century I scored against India at the SCG in the semi-finals (of the 2015 World Cup). Pretty big game and it was good to get a big score there. I think we lost a wicket pretty early. I was able to form a partnership with (Aaron) Finch. I’ll say that’s probably one of better one-day hundreds in a big occasion,” he said.
Though he has flourished as a player, he was reminded about Michael Clarke’s comments on Virat being a better captain. “I don't think I'm not in a bad place with my captaincy. Obviously results haven't been the way we would have liked and that's something we are trying to rectify. Guys are working hard and it’s all about getting out in the middle and getting the job done. It was a disappointing start to the series the other day, we’ve got other game tomorrow to turn things around,” he said.
On how he has evolved as a player, “I think I've evolved a lot as a white ball player. When I first started playing one-day cricket, my first 30-odd games, I played more as a bowler. I had to change a bit there. I've been batting at No 3 now for a while now. I had to find the right tempo for the game, whether it’s hitting boundaries or finding the right time to hit a right boundary. You learn as you play. It’s pretty exciting to play my 100th game tomorrow,” he said.
On how he has cemented his position as a No 3 player: “Absolutely, still learning. I think you're always learning. You're trying to evolve and just keep trying to get better. YOu can never be satsified. You want to be the best you can. Yes, I've learnt a lot long the way but there's always so much more to learn and get better at as well.”

Arindam Basu