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Steve Smith’s Shoe Superstition: The Hidden Secret Behind his Batting Success

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In the world of cricket, superstitions play a peculiar role despite the general belief in staying away from them. Each player has their own unique superstition, whether it’s carrying a red handkerchief or wearing the left pad first. Australian batsman Steve Smith is no exception and is associated with a superstition related to his shoes, which originated during the IPL and has now become an inseparable part of his routine.

Smith’s peculiar superstition involves hiding his shoe laces behind his pads before taking the field to bat. This peculiar ritual is often witnessed when he steps onto the pitch. When questioned about the reason behind this behavior, Smith simply states that it helps him play big innings.

The tradition began during the IPL when Smith scored his first century. Since then, it has transformed from a habit into a deeply ingrained superstition. In various interviews and videos, Smith and his teammates have discussed this intriguing trick.

Explaining the origin of his superstition in a video, Smith revealed, “I had a habit of constantly watching my shoelaces while batting, which wasn’t beneficial for my performance. Moreover, the pants of my IPL team, RPS, were not long enough to hide my shoelaces.” He further added, “So, I asked the physiotherapist to conceal the laces inside my socks. Surprisingly, it worked wonders for me, and I scored a century. That’s when this superstition began.”

Recently, in the WTC final against India in England, Smith showcased his brilliance once again. Playing a remarkable innings of 121 runs off 268 balls, he smashed an astounding 19 sixes. This performance highlighted his ability to shine on the grandest stage of cricket.

The superstitions and rituals of players like Steve Smith add an intriguing layer to the game, showcasing the human side of these exceptional athletes. As long as these superstitions bring success and confidence to the players, they will continue to be a part of cricket folklore.

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KKR vs LSG LIVE Score IPL 2024: LSG 20/1 in 2 overs

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KKR vs LSG LIVE Score IPL 2024: LSG 20/1 in 2 overs

Vaibhav Arora is approaching from the opposite end. Off to the side and called wide. The ruling has been reviewed by Shreyas Iyer. The ball is on the guideline outside off, according to the third umpire, who requests that the on-field umpire uphold his ruling. Next on the middle stump, on a decent length, Rahul defended to cover.

That is a front-foot no-ball when the buzzer sounds. In the first two balls, there were two extras. Free-hit is about to commence. Rahul is unable to extract a well-executed yorker from outside off. SEVENTY! Rahul pulls this over the cover when it’s almost full, and the ball effortlessly soars over the rope. Rahul hares for a quick one, pushing this to mid-off as he angles in on the pads for a complete length.

When the is slanted across him from a leg-stump line, De Kock gains the upper hand. OUT! Another outside edge for De Kock as he drives away from the body, and this time the ball goes straight to the short third-man fielder.

Once again, De Kock finds an outside edge when driving away from the body; this time, the ball travels straight to the third-man fielder who is short.

Sunil Narine c Quinton de Kock b Vaibhav Arora 10 (8b 2×4)

A bouncer is present to greet Deepak Hooda as he arrives. On the leg-side for a single, the batter gloves it.

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KKR vs LSG LIVE Score IPL 2024: LSG 10/0 in 1 over

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KKR vs LSG LIVE Score IPL 2024: LSG 10/0 in 1 over

The proceedings are began at the Eden Gardens by LSG head coach Justin Langer ringing the famous bell. To begin the encounter with the bat, KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock step out to the middle. With the new ball, it’s Mitchell Starc, who is under fire. De Kock has the wicket over.

Four! De Kock gave it a gentle shove, and that’s a first-ball boundary for LSG. Four! successive limits. The outfield’s lightning-fast pace and thick outer edge guarantee that the ball will race out to the third-man barrier. Full to mid-off and defended by De Kock in the middle. For the second consecutive dot ball, De Kock drives this back to the bowler.

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IPL 2024 Match 28 Prediction: KKR vs LSG – Who Will Win Today’s IPL Clash?

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IPL 2024 Match 28 Prediction: KKR vs LSG – Who Will Win Today’s IPL Clash?

Today’s game between KKR vs LSG is on the road, so don’t be shocked if a large number of supporters show up at Eden Gardens wearing the visiting team’s green and maroon jerseys, which were inspired by Mohun Bagan. Mohun Bagan, a football team with a rich history and ingrained in the community, is owned by LSG and currently competes in the Indian Super League.

In today’s IPL 2024 match, LSG may not feel like they are playing away from home, but the Shreyas Iyer-led KKR won’t be acting like brothers. Chennai Super Kings’ victory put an end to KKR’s perfect start to the season, and they will be eager to resume their winning ways. LSG is hoping to get back to winning ways after losing their last matchup as well.

After serving as a mentor for LSG for its first two seasons and masterminding the team’s ascent to prominence, Gautam Gambhir has now joined KKR and will be seated in the dugout, looking to exact revenge on his former team.

KKR VS LSG Head To Head (Past 3 Matches)

2023 – LSG won by 1 run

2022 – LSG won by 75 runs

2022 – LSG won by 2 runs

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Probable XI Team

Phil Salt (wk), Sunil Narine, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Shreyas Iyer (c), Venkatesh Iyer, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, Mitchell Starc, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakraborty, Anukul Roy (12th man)

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) Probable XI Team

Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul (c and wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Arshad Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen Ul Haq, Yash Thakur, Deepak Hooda (12th man)

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KKR vs LSG Dream11 Prediction

Captain: Sunil Narine

Vice-captain: Andre Russell

Wicketkeepers: Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Phil Salt

Batters: Rinku Singh, Angkrish Raghuvanshi

All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Marcus Stoinis

Bowlers: Ravi Bishnoi, Vaibhav Arora

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) Full Squad

KL Rahul, Amit Mishra, Mark Wood, Mayank Yadav, Mohsin Khan, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Mavi, Arshin Kulkarni, M Siddharth, Ashton Turner, David Willey, Mohd.Arshad Khan, Quinton de Kock, Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, Kyle Mayers, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Krunal Pandya, Mohd.Arshad Khan

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Full Squad

Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Phil Salt, Sunil Narine, Suyash Sharma, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Harshit Rana, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakaravarthy, KS Bharat, Chetan Sakariya, Mitchell Starc, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Ramandeep Singh, Sherfane Rutherford, Manish Pandey, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dushmantha Chameera, Sakib Hussain

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Also Read: IPL 2024 MI vs CSK: Unraveling the Epic Rivalry – The IPL’s El Clasico

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) VS Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) Match Details

What: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) IPL 2024

When: 3:30 PM IST, Sunday – April 14

Where: Eden Gardens Stadium, Kolkata

Where to watch KKR vs LSG Live Streaming: JioCinema app

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