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Lehmann puts Steve Smith on par with great captains in cricket history

Steve Smith topped the batting charts against India with 499 runs.

By Jatin Sharma -

Australia coach Darren Lehmann has said that current Australian captain Steve Smith will end up amongst the greatest captains in cricket history. Ironically, Australia just lost the Border Gavaskar Trophy to India, after losing the four match series 2-1 in Dharamshala.

Smith scored 499 runs in the four Tests which included 3 brilliant centuries. Lehmann compared his batting to Sir Don Bradman and said that his leadership skills will put him amongst the best leaders, the game has ever seen.

Lehmann said,” He's been unbelievable. He's been Bradman-like with the bat but all the stuff behind the scenes has been exceptional. Really pleased for him and what he's brought to the team as a leader. They (the Australia team) have been young, they've been up against it, the pitches have be as we would expect. There's a lot of learnings in this group over this tour.

Australia have now lost their 4th straight series in Asia since visiting India in 2012-13. They lost to Pakistan next in UAE, Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and now have lost to India again. They also lost 2-1 to South Africa at home recently, however demolished a visiting Pakistan team to build up momentum for the India tour.

Lehmann said, “He's a different leader to Michael (Clarke) to Ricky (Ponting) to Mark Taylor to Steve Waugh. And he's working out his own identity as a captain. But I've been proud of him; everyone has been proud of him. So, pleased with where he is going and he'll just get better and better.

Jatin Sharma

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