Steve Smith who labeled the Pune pitch “poor” seems to have no problem with the wicket at his IPL team's home ground.
"Though it was different for the Test, if you look at the T20 games that we played here last, even the one-dayers for that matter, the wickets played pretty well. It has been a good wicket for the shorter formats. We will have to wait for a couple of games to see how it behaves now," Smith said, when asked whether the status of wicket had changed since the Test.
"He is a fantastic player and has been playing for a very long time. I am sure he is going to have a great impact for us in this season of IPL. He has scored some runs and is coming in with a great form. Hopefully he can bring that form to the Pune side," Pune skipper said.
Smith will lead Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 2017, after the team management replaced MS Dhoni with Smith.
When asked how is he looking to use Dhoni's experience as captain, he said, "He has been there since long and has been a terrific leader. It will be great to have him around to help me out as he is a respected player in Indian and outside too."
Smith started his career as an all-rounder, and later shifted his focus towards batting. He said he won't be surprised if he allows himself to roll his arms in this season of the league.
"Perks of being a captain is you can bowl whenever you want. On a serious note, it has been a conscious effort to focus more on my batting, but we will see how we go ahead, and you never know (if I bowl)," said Smith.
Steven Smith has played for both the Pune franchise of IPL, Sahara Pune Warriors and now Rising Pune Supergiant.
He has probably played more matches on this pitch than his other country-mates. His 109 in the second innings of the first Test against India doesn't come as a surprise, even if the wicket was rated "poor" by match referee Chris Broad.