Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are the two main pillars for their respective sides, irrespective of the format. While the Australian star has gone from strength to strength in the longest version of the game, he hasn’t been far behind when it comes to limited-overs cricket as well. However, his numbers in white-ball cricket have room for improvement. Speaking to IANS, Smith showered praises on Kohli for the commendable job he has done so far and backs him to break many more records.
The two modern-day greats squared off against each other in the three-match ODI series in India. Contrary to the expectations, Smith outscored all the batsmen in the series, including the Indian captain, scoring 229 runs in only three innings. The former Aussie captain mustered a century in the final game of the sequence; however, found little support from the batsmen to lead his team to a series victory.
Steve Smith lauded Virat Kohli’s appetite for runs across all the formats and is confident that he would end up breaking plenty of records in the years to come. The 30-year old also spoke about Virat’s captaincy by mentioning that he has done a remarkable job for the Indian Test team not only by playing standards but also by setting the benchmark for the fitness levels.
“Yeah, he is terrific. His batting numbers just speak for themselves. I think he’s an incredible player in all three formats and I think we will see him break many records. He’s already broken plenty of them and I see him breaking many more over the years. He has got the hunger for runs and doesn’t stop getting them. Hopefully, he can stop getting them against Australia, that’ll be nice.”
“As a captain he’s already made India the number one side in the world in Test cricket. From what I have seen he sets really good standards for them. He is a lot about fitness and is health conscious and things like that. He’s got the Indian side into a really good place and leads them exceptionally well.” Smith stated.
Smith reveals how he would prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup:
The New South Wales-born further elaborated how he would approach his style for the World T20 at home later this year. Smith conceded that he would do nothing differently apart from playing more and more T20 cricket and picking up the correct pace to excel in it. Smith is thoroughly looking forward to another successful mega event of the shortest format at the home turf after being part of the winning team in the 2015 World Cup.
“No real specific training, but just playing a lot more T20 cricket and just getting the right tempo I guess for the game is the most important thing for me. I would love to be a part of the World Cup, it’s obviously at home in Australia. I was involved in the ODI World Cup here in 2015 and had the most amazing six-weeks of my cricketing career and loved every minute of it. So yeah would love to be involved in another World Cup at home for sure!” he added further.