Smith is the equal-seventh fastest to 5,000 Test runs and only the 11th player to get there within 100 Test innings.
Steve Smith has been a pivotal member of Australia’s batting line-up ever since the retirement of key players like Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke. His consistency and adaptability have helped him notch up plenty of runs in tough conditions and in the current series against India, his vital century in Pune helped Australia break a 13-year jinx and register a win in India.
The Ranchi Test has already proven to be memorable for Australia. First, they became only the second nation in history to play 800 Tests. In the same match, in the fifth ball of the 58th over, Smith, who is the captain of the Australian team, drove a flighted ball from Ravindra Jadeja to long-off to join a very illustrious club.
Smith became the third-fastest Australian and joint-seventh overall to reach 5000 runs in Tests. Don Bradman heads the list by reaching the landmark in just 56 innings while among Australian batsmen, Matthew Hayden is second on the list by reaching the landmark in 95 innings. Smith brought up his milestone in his 53rd Test and 97th innings.
Overall, Smith is the equal-seventh fastest to 5,000 Test runs and only the 11th player to get there within 100 Test innings, a feat greats of the game like Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting failed to achieve.
If one looks at number of Tests played, Smith is third in the all-time list to have reached 5000 runs. While Bradman got 5000 runs in just 36 Tests, Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar is next on the list by getting to the landmark in just 52 Tests.
If one looks at number of innings, England’s Jack Hobbs is second on the list with 91 innings while West Indies’ Gary Sobers, Gavaskar, Hayden and Vivian Richards are tied with 95 innings. Smith is joint seventh with Wally Hammond and Ken Barrington with 97 innings.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times