Australian batting coach Graeme Hick believes Steve Smith is much better to compare to others in this team. This statement came after Australia’s horrible collapse in the second innings of Dharamshala Test, where he said everyone is over-reliant on Smith.
Hick said “A bit of both. He is just playing wonderful cricket at the moment. He asked me in the dressing room and I just said I think you're just playing too well. You're seeing the ball like a football. Smith was a huge wicket for us, especially in the form that he is in. He will be disappointed as would anyone else be.”
“He's got seven hundreds in the last eight Tests against India. He has got a lot of runs against them. In some respect, you think they haven't worked out how to bowl to him yet. So that was a bit unfortunate. Your key batsman is always a big wicket, whoever it might be. He's batting beautifully, just unfortunate,” he added.
Smith got played on at a score of 17 and left his team in a spot of bother. Hick thinks that Smith will be as disappointed as anyone else in this team. “The Australian team is that it's a team performance. Smith enjoys his own success as much as someone else doing well in the team. He would be feeling no different about his dismissal as any other guy,” he said.
This poor batting show followed by a great fight throughout this series put them on the edge of series defeat. He further revealed that there was pin drop silence in the dressing room after day three’s play.
Former English Test player concluded with “Just stating the obvious -- you could hear a pin drop in the dressing room. A very disappointing day. There is always a chance until the final ball is bowled. But the boys are pretty down but they will give it a good crack in the morning and you never know. But it is a tough ask.”
Australia lost this match and series as India marched to victory by eight wickets from the help of yet another fifty by KL Rahul in this series, his sixth overall in seven outings. The final series result reads 2-1 in India’s favour.