Mayank had a splendid IPL season with KXIP, his prolific batting earned him an India call up for a Tour of Australia.
It may sound a odd revelation for one of the world's greatest batsmen, but Smith goes into Friday's opening one-day global having missed around four months of cricket during lockdown before a disappointing IPL campaign with the Rajasthan Royals. Not just adding Steve and David back into it, which is a hell of a lot of runs to add back into a side, but I think every other cricketer in that team has improved in the last 18 months as well and we've been playing some really good cricket.
Australia batsman Steve Smith on Tuesday said that he loved to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat and he also praised the Master Blaster's straight drive and on-drive. "It was about getting that feel in the way my hands come up".
However, after returning to Australia, Smith believes he has found that touch again. I was good to go, I reckon. "But for Smith, because he shuffles, maybe that line (of delivery) moves further away by four to five inches", Tendulkar told PTI in an interview.
"It's hard to explain but it just hasn't quite been right probably until two days ago and I found a little something and everything clicked in".
For Australian fans, it's been nearly a year since they've seen Smith score a century in any format of cricket. Not only fans but even genius Australian batsman Steve Smith is also pretty much excited for the epic clash.
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"You are alluding to the short-pitched bowling approach that others might take (watching Wagner's bowling to him)".
Talking about his consistency and the amount of runs he scores in big series, he said, "In big series I try and stand up and get the best out of myself".
"It's not the same as what Neil does and the way he bowls it. People can go for that".
Smith, who misplaced the Australian captaincy when he was banned for his half within the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, performed down his prospects of resuming management duties.
"Whereas back then I think we were finding our way through a really challenging or different type of set up".
"In a way, it's a bit of flattery if people believe that is the only way they can get me out because they have exhausted so many more options".
"I copped a few messages last night, saying 'stop tapping the bat down'".
Sky Sports Cricket pundit and former England captain Michael Atherton said of Smith: "He has spoken before about losing his grip on the bat and being not quite sure how to grip the bat - it sounds the most basic thing".