Australian batsman Steve Smith showed a clinical all-round performance with the bat and ball for Barbados Tridents in a thriller against Jamaica Tallawahs.
The former Australia skipper Smith played a blistering knock of 63 off 44 balls and followed it up with 2/19 for Tridents at Lauderhill on Wednesday.
Smith’s performance won him the Man of the Match award for his performance in the match and it was his leg-spin that garnered attention when he dismissed Johnson Charles and Glenn Phillips in his over.
In pursuit of 156/6, Jamaica Tallawahs got off to a brilliant start as their openers Glenn Phillips and John Charles who amassed 80 runs in 9 overs. However, Smith did the trick with the ball and dismissed both the batsmen to tilt the game in the favour of the Tridents.
Smith had begun his career as a leg-spinner before becoming one of the best batsmen of the world. Talking to the press after the match he told that he was told by his skipper Jason Holder that he might be called upon to bowl a few deliveries.
“I have tried to change a few things in my bowling,” he said.
“I try to make my bowling action like Shahid Afridi, I try to push it through and try to bowl fast into the wicket. And luckily, it worked out tonight,” he added.
When he was asked about the reason for drawing inspiration from Afridi, the 29-year said, “The bloke has played for a very long time and I find him a great leg-spinner.”
Steve Smith had made his debut in 2010 as a leg-spinner, who came to bat at No.8 at Lord’s against Afridi-led Pakistan.
Smith has claimed 61 international wickets but he chose to keep his bowling aside to focus on his batting skills and it has worked wonders.
He is currently playing for the Barbados Tridents in the ongoing edition of the CPL where his team sits on the fifth position with two wins out of three matches played.
The side will now be playing their next match against St Kitts at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts.