Updated December 31st, 2023 at 14:18 IST
Steve Smith's viral on-field audio resonates Kohli's inspirational '60 minutes of hell' speech
In the second test against Pakistan Australian captain Pat Cummins took 5-fer in both the innings and make his team won the series with 2-0.
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Virat Kohli's motivational pep talk during the Lord's Test against England in 2021, where he urged his seamers to make the 60 overs feel like hell for the opposition, has become synonymous with India's outstanding bowling performance. Recently, Steve Smith's on-field audio during the second Test against Pakistan in Melbourne brought back memories of Kohli's fiery speech. As Australia clinched victory, Smith's encouraging words and strategic suggestions to captain Pat Cummins played a pivotal role in securing quick breakthroughs in Pakistan's first innings.
"Go for the kill for the next 40 minutes," Smith instructed Cummins. The result was an exceptional bowling spell by Cummins, dismissing Abdullah Shafique with a remarkable return catch and sending Babar Azam's stumps flying with a well-executed delivery. Smith's pre-dismissal advice to Cummins, advocating for a wide delivery followed by one that nipped back, showcased the strategic acumen that influenced the outcome.
"Looked like a nice ball that, the old nip backer," remarked Smith to his teammates after Babar Azam's dismissal.
Throughout Pakistan's first innings, Smith remained mic'd up, offering insights and humor. His commentary reached its peak with a witty remark when Pakistan captain Shan Masood attempted to hit off-spinner Nathan Lyon over the top. "I thought there was going to be a Mike Hussey there," he said, sporting a big smile. Smith's on-field presence and strategic inputs underscored the impact that player communication can have on the course of a cricket match.
Published December 31st, 2023 at 14:18 IST