REVEALED: Is Steve Smith on track to eclipse the Little Master? New stats show Aussie gun’s Test record is eerily similar to Sachin Tendulkar’s after he broke cricket legend’s record for most scores of 50 and over before his 150th innings
- Steve Smith is potentially on track to better Sachin Tendulkar’s Test record
- The Aussie vice-captain’s Test figures are eerily similar to the Indian legend
- After 148 Test innings, Smith has scored more runs and has a better average
- He still has some way to go to better Tendulkar’s all-time record of 15,921 runs
Steve Smith has been hunting down Sachin Tendulkar’s records for years and new stats reveal that the Australian gun could be on track to better the Little Master once he calls it a day.
Smith, 32, made history last year by reaching the 7,500-run mark in his 139th Test for his country, five fewer than the total Tests it took Tendulkar to reach the same milestone.
The Aussie vice-captain scored his 34th Test half century in Pakistan earlier this week, and now data has underlined the eerily similar records of the batting virtuosos.
Steve Smith could potentially be on his way to eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar’s Test record
The Aussie vice-captain reached 7,500 runs last year, five Tests before Tendulkar had done so
According to Sportskeeda, Smith has scored 7862 runs from 148 Test innings, while the Little Master hit 7853 runs at the same stage. The pair have each hit double tons by this point, with Tendulkar scoring a then-career high of 217 runs, while Smith’s highest score is 239.
Their batting averages are razor-close, too. Smith just breaks the 60-run mark with 60.01 while Tendulkar is slightly short at 59.49 runs.
When it comes to centuries, Tendulkar fares better at this point in his career, scoring 29 to Smith’s 27, although the Aussie’s 34 half-centuries eclipses the Indian’s 31.
New stats show that the batting virtuosos are neck-and-neck when it comes to their figures
Smith still has some way to go to beat the Little Master’s all-time record of 15,921 runs
Smith still has a fair way to go to match Tendulkar’s incredible Test record. From 200 Tests, the Little Master scored 15,921 runs at an average of 53.8. His highest score was 248*, scored against Bangladesh in 2004.
While the pair are neck-and-neck when it comes to their respective records, there is plenty of mutual respect between Smith and Tendulkar.
In 2020, during an Instagram Q&A, Smith said of the Little Master: ‘Used to love (to see) Sachin bat, especially when he used to hit the ball down the ground, his straight drive and on-drive used to be sublime, they were great to watch.’
Meanwhile, Tendulkar revealed how he would advise his bowlers to approach Smith.
‘Smith’s technique is unconventional…Normally, we tell a bowler in Test matches to bowl on and around off-stump or may be fourth stump line. But for Smith, because he shuffles, may be that line (of delivery) moves further away by four to five inches,’ he said via Hindustan Times.
‘One has to aim between (imaginary) fourth and fifth stump for Steve to nick one. It’s just a mental adjustment of line, more than anything else.’