Steve Smith's 178* is the highest score by an Australian captain in Tests in India. He beat the previous mark of 130 which was achieved by Michael Clarke in the Chennai Test in 2013. Overall, he is only the eighth Australian captain to have scored a 100 in India. Clarke, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Allan Border, Adam Gilchrist, Mark Taylor and Kim Hughes are the others to have achieved this feat.
However, what sets Smith apart from the rest is that he is the only Australian captain in history to have scored two centuries in India. He smashed 109 in Pune and 178 not out in Ranchi, which was his sixth century in the last seven Tests against India.
With two centuries in India in the current 4-Matech Test Series, Steve Smith joins Hayden, Norm O’Neill, Border, Adam Gilchrist and Damien Martyn in a prestigious list. Clarke and Neil Harvey have the most number of tons in India with three each.
Steve Smith's knock of 178 is the fifth best by a visiting skipper in Tests in India. Clive Lloyd of West Indies is the only captain to have hit a double century when he smashed 242 in Mumbai in 1975.