IPL 2017: RPS captain Steve Smith showed class by swiftly switching formats, says Sourav Ganguly

Leading Rising Pune Supergiant in the ongoing IPL, Smith guided his team to a win over Mumbai Indians in their opening match, scoring an unbeaten 84 off 54 balls.

PTI, Apr, 07 2017

Kolkata: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is impressed by Australian run-machine Steve Smith's ability to successfully switch formats.

RPS captain Steve Smith celebrates the win over Mumbai Indians in IPL 2017. Sportzpics

RPS captain Steve Smith celebrates the win over Mumbai Indians in IPL 2017. Sportzpics

Leading Rising Pune Supergiant in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), Smith guided his team to a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in their opening match, scoring an unbeaten 84 off 54 balls.

"He is in outstanding form at the moment," Ganguly, who captained Smith during his time at the erstwhile Pune Warriors India, told reporters on the sidelines of a store launch in Kolkata on Friday.

"He is just a quality player and currently one of the world's best batsmen. He showed his class by switching formats so swiftly in such a short time," Ganguly said.

Smith plundered runs against in the recently-concluded Test series against India, which his side lost 1-2. The 27-year-old right-hander finished as the top-scorer in the four-Test series with 499 runs at an average of 71.28, including three centuries. The highlight of his performance in the Test series against India was three centuries, including one on a venomous pitch at Pune's MCA stadium in the first match of the series.

Smith's innings last night showed how much he loved to play at the Pune ground, though the pitch used for the match against Mumbai Indians was different from the one used in the India vs Australia Test.

Published Date: Apr 07, 2017 | Updated Date: Apr 07, 2017



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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3114 97
5 Australia 3294 97
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3 India 5266 117
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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