How should India give to Steven Smith?

Two things were often said and written about Steven Smith’s batting style when he started playing Test Cricket for Australia:

One that he walked too far, and his bat came down from somewhere around a ravine. The combination of the two made him sensitive to incoming deliveries and a lot of a candidate.

Two, with so much reliance on hand-eye coordination, he will probably fail to sew together and turn pitches.

To be fair, these observations were remarkable, given Smith’s unique technique.

Teams around the world have worked out their plans against him based on these perceived weaknesses. They tried to perform straight and hope to break his defense and claim his wicket with lbw.

Of course it did not bear fruit, as we now know. Smith was fired lbw for stepping only a few times in his Test career. Batters with supposedly more organized techniques, such as Virat Kohli, Joe Root and Cheteshwar Pujara are fired more often. This caused the first theory to be discarded.

In fact, observers then began to talk about how he was actually quite stable at the time of release, and how his front foot was always rooted on legs, which ensured he would never fall. As for the bat, it made a loop at the top of its back lift but was in a perfect position in its stance (pointing between guard and first slip) and so went down quite straight.