Steve Smith became the fastest man to score 7,000 Test runs on Day-2 of the 2nd test match that was played between Pakistan and Australia in Adelaide on Saturday. Steve Smith achieved a record that had stood since 1946 while moving past Don Bradman’s 6,996 Test runs to become Australia’s 11th highest scorer.
As soon as the former Australia skipper took a single off Muhammad Musa, Rajasthan Royals, Smith’s Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, took to Twitter to troll Yasir Shah. The Pakistan bowler had given a send-off to the Australia batsman in Brisbane, with seven fingers in the air, reminding Smith he had been dismissed seven times by the spinner.
Here is what RR Team trolls Yasir Shah:
“My 7 is bigger than yours,” Rajasthan Royals tweeted.
“The fastest to 7K – you’re a star Steve Smith!,” tweeted Cricket Australia.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 30, 2019
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) November 30, 2019
The 30-year-old had the opportunity to pass both Bradman and Hammond in the first Test against Pakistan but missed just four runs short of it. After missing out in Brisbane, Smith revealed that he punishes himself when the runs do not come.
“I always punish myself when I get no runs, just like I reward myself when I score runs with a chocolate bar at the end of the night if I get a hundred,” Smith said.
“So yeah, if I get no runs I always like to have a run or go to the gym or do something just to give myself a bit of punishment,” Smith added.
Smith still has 10 other Australian players above him in total Test runs scored. Greg Chappell (7,110) is his next target. Following that is Ricky Ponting, who has amassed 13,378 runs in his 168 Tests.