"Smith's going to smash Ind bowlers, isn't he?"- Fans react as Steve Smith continues his unreal form in BBL12

Fans were thrilled to see Steve Smith at his belligerent best in the BBL (P.C.:Twitter)
Fans were thrilled to see Steve Smith at his belligerent best in the BBL (P.C.:Twitter)

Australian star Steve Smith continued his rich vein of form in the 12th edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) as the Sydney Sixers batter smashed 66 runs off just 33 balls against the Hobart Hurricanes on Monday.

With this, Smith now has a staggering 328 runs from four innings in BBL12, with a couple of hundreds and a half-century to his name. He also has a mind-boggling average of 109.33 and a strike rate of 180.21, proving his critics wrong who claimed that he is just not good enough in the shortest format.

Smith has been quite vocal about how much he loves opening the batting in the T20 format, and his last three innings have been sensational. Fans on Twitter hailed the veteran batter for proving that he is not finished yet in the shortest format.

Some also feel that Smith will score a truckload of runs in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy that begins next month. Here are some of the reactions:

I might BP medication by the time BGT starts. Smith's going to smash Ind bowlers isn't he? bacha le Axar bhai..
Steve Smith seem to have cracked the T20 game, finally#BBL12 #SteveSmith
#BorderGavaskarTrophy2023 is going to be an amazing series to watch. Both @imVkohli and @stevesmith49 are in incredible form. #CricketTwitter #SteveSmith #BBL12
101(56), 125*(66) & 66(33) by Steve Smith in the last 3 innings in BBL.This was ball-striking at its best!!!
This Steve Smith is back! 22 ball 50 already after back to back centuries. What a guy!
Steve Smith in last 3 innings in BBL 2023:101(56) - 5 fours & 7 sixes.125*(66) - 5 fours & 9 sixes .66(33) - 4 fours & 6 sixes.Incredible, Steve Smith!
Steven Smith scored 66 in just 33 balls with 4 fours and 6 sixes. Smith misses out on his 3rd consecutive century, he's in phenomenal touch.Smith the run machine!
Incredible Six from Steve Smith, Out of the ground.
This is now a Steve Smith fan account
Steve Smith in BBL 2023 so far:•Innings - 4•Runs - 328•Average - 109.33•Strike rate - 180.21•100s/50s - 2/1•6s/4s - 24/18Unstoppable Steve Smith!
Seeing Steve Smith miss out on three consecutive tons after missing a knee-high full toss
Since Steve Smith made a tweak in his technique he has had scores off:(across all 3 formats)80*,94,21,200*,20*,0,35,36,6,85, 104,36,101,125*,66.1003 runs in 15 innings @91.18 since the T20 wc when the change happened.
No 3rd century in a row...But another brilliant inning by Steven Smith 66(33) with 6 sixes🔥#BBL12
How Steve Smith actually sees the cricket ball whilst batting in the Big Bash 🏏 #BBL12

Steve Smith found it tough to make Australia's T20 World Cup XI

Many had their doubts over whether Steve Smith would make it to Australia's strongest XI in the T20 World Cup. With big hitters like Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Tim David in the mix, many felt that leaving Smith out was in Australia's best interests.

However, Smith has now proved that he can be quite damaging to the opposition as an opener. It will be interesting to see if the Aussies go ahead with him at the top of the order.

Sydney Sixers XI: Josh Philippe (wk), Steve Smith, Kurtis Patterson, Moises Henriques (c), Jordan Silk, Daniel Christian, Hayden Kerr, Ben Dwarshuis, Sean Abbott, Jackson Bird, Izharulhaq Naveed.

Hobart Hurricanes XI: Caleb Jewell, Ben McDermott, Zak Crawley, Matthew Wade (c & wk), Tim David, D'Arcy Short, Faheem Ashraf, Joel Paris, Nathan Ellis, Patrick Dooley, Riley Meredith.

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