Australian cricketer Steve Smith spoke about his admiration for Indian skipper Virat Kohli and stated that his white-ball numbers are simply incredible.
Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are undoubtedly two of the finest batsmen of the current generation and their record across formats is a testament to their incredible talents. Smith and Kohli currently hold the top two positions respectively in ICC Test rankings.
With no cricketing actions taking place for more than two months now, a lot of current cricketers and former cricketers have been busy interviewing each other and interacting with fans on social media. Their interviews or discussions perhaps include anything and everything related to cricket. There was one question that was featured in almost every interaction. The question was – Who is the best batsman in the world cricket right now? Virat Kohli or Steve Smith? The answers varied but the Indian captain seemed to have edged the Australian batsman as an all-format batsman.
The question arises; what do these two renowned batsmen think about each other. When Smith was asked about Virat Kohli, he used words such as ‘amazing’,‘incredible’,‘fit’ and ‘powerful’.
In a live interaction on Sony Ten Pit Stop show on their Facebook page, Smith talks about Kohli. He said “I admire Virat (Kohli) a lot, he is an amazing player. You look at his record now…simply incredible. He has done so much for India in cricket. You know the way they play the game now and the sheer passion he has got for Indian cricket. His willingness to improve and get better. His body seems to have transformed over time and he looks so fit and powerful”.
But if Smith had to pick one thing that he admires the most about Virat Kohli, then he would pick his ability to chase down totals.
“The one thing I admire about him is the way he chases in white-ball cricket. You look at his average in winning chases in ODIs and it is simply phenomenal,” he added.
Smith feels that Kohli’s willingness to improve as a cricketer and his passion for the game has changed Indian cricket for good. He also feels that India is ready and is well equipped in all departments and will pose a big threat to them in the series.
“Plenty of challenges I think because India is an incredible team. Their batting line-up is so strong, Virat (Kohli), (Cheteshwar) Pujara last time here (Australia) was immovable. (Ajinkya) Rahane a quality test player. They have got KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma. They have got batters everywhere,” Smith said.
He also adds “They have got a great batting line-up to go with a strong bowling line-up. They have got (Mohammad) Shami and (Jasprit) Bumrah. Ishant Sharma has been here plenty of times as well. So a well-rounded team and it is going to be a terrific series this summer that’s for sure.”