Australian captain, Steve Smith revealed the secret behind his famous unorthodox flick against Wahab Riaz in a group match of the World T20 event in India.
Shane Watson and Steve Smith had already punished Pakistani bowlers enough that they were down and out. At such a situation, Pakistani skipper, Shahid Afridi threw the ball to Wahab Riaz to bowl the 19th over.
It was the last ball of his spell, when Smith stood outside the off stump against the pace bowler, Riaz had all the three stumps to aim at, but, he went for the other option and tried to bowl much wider to Smith, the Aussie skipper jumped further to his right and flicked the ball to mid-wicket for a jaw-dropping boundary.
Wahab was ridiculed for not bowling at the exposed stumps, however, Smith revealed that it would have been easier for him had he bowled him at the stumps.
“You look at field … (Wahab) was always going to bowl wide,” Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“I genuinely think if he had bowled at stumps it would’ve been an easier shot.
“I could just tell where it was going to go.
“When you’re in the zone … you can just tell where it’s going to go occasionally. That was one of those instances.”
Wahab had a memorable spell against Shane Watson in the World Cup 2015, where he greeted the short-in-confidence Watson with venomous bouncers.
The left-arm quickie will have another go against the Australian batsman when Pakistan will visit their country later this year.