New Delhi: Cricketers and superstitions go hand in hand. But Australia skipper Steve Smith has taken it to an all new level as he tapes his shoe laces to his socks while batting. Smith gets the team physio to tape it up for him before he wears his pads and goes out to bat.
Teammates have revealed that Smith does that as he supposedly doesn’t like to see shoe laces when he goes out to bat. Usman Khawaja says that Smith is the type of guy who sticks on with things that work for him.
Commenting on this act of superstition, 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.”
Is this the secret to being the world’s best batsman? Australia skipper Steve Smith reveals his unusual batting superstition! pic.twitter.com/6PQACaD8jS
Clearly the superstition has worked wonders for the Australia skipper as he has been in the form of his life in the last year. In fact, he is the highest run-getter in the ongoing series with 482 runs in seven innings at an average of 80.33. He has also scored three centuries and led the team by example.