According to Ricky Ponting Steve Smith has the potential to be the best batsman after Bradman the iconic batsman. For the record he has scored 4888 runs from 51 matches at an excellent average of 60.34 including 18 centuries and 20 fifties. Among all batsmen who have played test cricket who have at least scored more than 4500 runs, only Bradman (6996 runs at 99.94) and Herbert Sutcliffe (4555 runs at 60.73) have a better average than him.
Smith scored a highly watchful innings of 109 on a rank bad turning pitch, where even the Indian batsman supposed to play spin very well were unable to stay at the crease. This effort has effectively silenced his critics who said he did not have the ability to play on Indian pitches.
According to Ricky Ponting if the Steve Smith maintains the same kind of the form for the next few years he has the potential to become one of the all time great batsman next only to the iconic Bradman. It will be interesting to follow Steve Smiths career to see if Ricky Ponting’s word come true in the coming days. But this innings has certainly kept him ahead of his rivals vying for the "best batsman in the world" tag.