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