Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are the leading lights as far as modern-day batting is concerned. Part of the Fab-4 alongside England’s Joe Root and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, Smith, and Kohli have impinged themselves as two of the greatest to have ever played this beautiful game.
While Kohli miles ahead of Smith as far as white-ball cricket is concerned, the former Australian takes the lead in white-ball cricket. And, so the debate rages on, as to who is the best among the two.
Former Australian fast bowler-turned commentator Brett Lee was asked the same question by Pommie Mbwangwa during a recent Instagram session and the Aussie went on to choose his fellow countryman Smith, purely because of the manner in which he staged his comeback post the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.
“I would pick Smith over Kohli because of what he has been through”- Brett Lee on choosing Steve Smith over Virat Kohli
Smith, along with David Warner, was banned for a period of 12 months due to his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. But the former Australian captain went on to script a renaissance for the ages, the zenith of which was the 2019 Ashes in England where Smith racked up 700+ runs in four Tests to help his team regain the urn for the first time on English soil since 2001.
“At the moment, I would pick Smith over Kohli because of what he has been through and what he has to overcome,” Brett Lee said.
“Steve Smith has been through a lot in the last couple of years, he has seen a rise with the way he played in the last 12 months, he is so fidgety, sometimes you are like just relax mate. I might go with Kohli tomorrow as it depends on the mood. They are two great players and hard to split.”Brett Lee added.
Smith Test numbers- 7227 runs in 73 matches at an average of 62.84- are outrageous and Brett Lee reckons that he has the ability to be as good as Sir Don Bradman.
“I think Smith can be as good as Don Bradman, there have been talks of him becoming just like Bradman looking at the number,” Brett Lee added.
Brett Lee said that he chose Smith over Kohli because of the way the former made his comeback post the 12-month ban.
“Look, it is so hard to pick, there are so many qualities in both that I enjoy, from the bowling of point I am trying to look are there any flaws in both batsmen, both of these batsmen are genuine,” he said.