Steve Smith, the reigning No.1 ranked Test batsman in the world, has opened up about his comparisons with Indian legend Virat Kohli.
Steve Smith and Virat Kohli have been dominating the cricketing landscape for some time now. While Smith has impinged himself as one of the greatest Test batsmen this beautiful game has ever seen, Virat Kohli has been ruling the roost across all the three formats and is the only batsman to average in excess of 50 in all the three formats.
There have been raging debates on who is better between the two champion batsmen. Opening up on comparisons, Smith revealed that he admires Virat Kohli for what he has managed to achieve while also hailing his unrelenting desire to improve and get better.
“Look, I admire Virat a lot. He is an amazing player. You look at his record now, simply incredible. He’s done so much for India in cricket. They way they play their game now, the sheer passion he has got for Indian cricket,” Steve Smith said on Sony Ten Pit Stop.
He added: “His willingness to improve and get better. You can see his body has sort of transformed over time. He is so fit and strong now and powerful. He is pretty amazing for cricket,”
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Smith also hailed Virat for his ability to gun down run-chases on a consistent basis.
“The one thing I admire the most about him is the white-ball, the way he chases. You look at his average in winning chases in ODIs is simply phenomenal. So good under pressure, calm and just gets the job done more often than not. You have got to admire someone like that,” Smith added.
Smith started off as a leg-spinner and even though he doesn’t like bowling much, he still hopes to dismiss Virat Kohli one day.
“I don’t like bowling that much. Every now and then, it’s fine. If I am bowling in a game, that means we’re in trouble. So hopefully, it doesn’t happen too often. You always like to get the best out, why not Virat?” Smith said.
Smith and Virat will once again resume their rivalry when India tours Australia later this year.