Most of the sportsmen do have superstitions and cricketers aren’t an exception to that.
India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar was famous for putting on his left shin pad first when preparing to bat while former skipper Sourav Ganguly use to carry a photo of his coach in his pocket when on the field.
In a humorous video posted on cricket.com.au, the Aussie skipper Steve Smith revealed his superstition, he said that he asks the physio of the team to tape his shoelaces to his socks before he prepares to bat so that he’ll not be able to see his laces when at the crease.
Smith also revealed that he opted this practice during the 2016 season of the Indian Premier League when he found the pants of his Rising Pune Supergiant kit too tight to contain his laces.
The Australian skipper has smashed a century the first time he did and that had given him the temptation to continue the tradition every time he prepares to bat.
In the video, Smith said, “Well it started during the last season of the IPL due to the kind of pants we were given to wear. I have always had issues with looking at my shoe laces when I am batting. And it wasn’t working because the pant wasn’t long enough and the shoe laces would pop out and that was getting to my head. So I got the physio to tape my shoe laces to my socks. I wear footie socks when I bat. And I got a hundred the first time I got it and I have done it since.”
Smith has been pretty consistent in scoring centuries in the ongoing four-match Test series against India. He has scored three hundreds in the four Tests and that might be possible because of that weird habit of tapping shoe laces. He is also the highest run-scorer of the series with 499 runs from eight innings with an average of 80.33.