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Popular cricket player of New Zealand: Ian David Stockley Smith

by on November 9, 2012
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Popular batsman of New Zealand cricket team Ian David Stockley Smith

Ian David Smith, a right handed batsman and a right arm bowler, is known as a popular ex-player of the New Zealand cricket team. He was initially a cricket player and a wicket keeper through the course of 80s and part of the 90s, but turned into a commentator in the later part of his career.

Smith is recognized as a player to have made the highest ever strike rates made by a batsman for ODIs: 99 runs per 100 balls. He also gained much popularity from his highest score (173 runs from 136 balls) in Tests for a batsman who came at no.9 in the playing list: a score made against India in 1990. During the course of the innings, Smith also emerged as the joint holder for the record of maximum runs scored in a six-ball Test over wherein he made a hit of 24 runs off one over from Atul Wassan which is looked upon as the optimum moment in his career. In 1991-92 season, he made 7 catches against Sri Lanka in an innings.

Although Ian Smith was known for his blasting strike rate but this evidently affected his batting average both in test and one day international cricket. In 98 one day international matches he played, Ian Smith scored 1055 runs at an average of 17.29 and strike rate of 99.43. His highest ODI total was 62 runs. In test cricket, he averaged at 25.66 by scoring 1815 runs in 63 test matches including two hundreds and six fifties. He hot 231 fours and seven sixes in his test career with 173 being Ian Smith’s highest test score during his career. 

Today, Ian David Stockley Smith appears on Live Sport as a radio announcer alongside being a commentator and breakfast host for Sky Sports. 

In the cricketing world, the strike rate feat has been taken over by the likes of Gayle, Shahid Afridi and Mike Hussy who are known for their aggressive games.

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