IPL franchise trolls Yasir Shah after Smith reaches 7,000 Test runs

Hammond reached the mark in 131 innings, while Smith, made the grade in 126 innings

IPL franchise trolls Yasir Shah after Smith reaches 7,000 Test runs PHOTO: AFP

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals took a dig at Pakistan’s spinner Yasir Shah after Australia batsman Steve Smith on Saturday became the fastest man to score 7,000 Test runs, shattering a record that had stood since 1946, while moving past legendary former batsman Donald Bradman to become Australia's 11th highest scorer.

Shah had celebrated the wicket of Smith in a unique fashion in the first Test against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane. The leg-spinner held up seven fingers for each time he had dismissed the dynamic Aussie batsman.

The official Twitter account of Rajasthan Royals took this opportunity to troll the Pakistan leg-spinner while celebrating Smith’s achievement.

"My 7 is bigger than yours," Rajasthan Royals tweeted.


My 7 is bigger than yours ✋✌ 😅#AusvPak | #HallaBol | #RoyalsFamily

— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) November 30, 2019


"The fastest to 7K - you're a star Steve Smith!," tweeted Cricket Australia.

WATCH: Shaheen's comical fielding will leave you in splits

Smith also passed the legendary Bradman's 6,996 Test runs. It took Smith 70 Tests to do so, while Bradman needed only 52.

The 30-year-old's heroics at the Ashes in England this year saw him widely labelled the best since Bradman, considered Test cricket's greatest ever, when he scored a mammoth 774 runs in just seven innings.

He had the opportunity to pass both Bradman and Hammond in the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane, but fell for just four in a rare failure.

In an insight into Smith's determination to be the best, he said after missing out in Brisbane that he punishes himself when the runs do not flow.

"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," he 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 a punishment."

Smith still has 10 other Australian players above him in total Test runs scored.

Greg Chappell (7,110) is his next target, but he has a mountain to climb to reach Ricky Ponting, who amassed 13,378 runs in his 168 Tests.