Ricky Ponting, the former cricketer and the most illustrated Australian skipper, was recently asked who is the best batsmen among the two-Virat Kohli and Steven Smith.
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Virat Kohli and Steven Smith are the two most talented batsmen we have in the world right now. While Virat Kohli is considered as the best batsmen in the world right now, the later one has been banned from playing cricket for 12 months because of his involvement in ball tempering case. Australia openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft faced the same fate as they were involved too in the ball tempering case.
Steven Smith’s 12 month suspension has worked as an advantage for Virat Kohli and has given him a great chance to get ahead of him on the test series, but he is still ahead of him.
When Ricky Ponting was asked to rate Virat Kohli and Steven Smith as who is the best among these two, he took the name of Virat Kohli as the best batsmen in the world right now, but stated that Smith’s golden Ashes summer separates him from the pack. He said :
“Right now, he (Kohli) is because Steve Smith is not there,”
He added :
“(But) if Steve Smith was playing now, I’d have him as the number one player in the world. The Ashes summer last year was just some of the best and purest batting as you’re ever going to see. To do it on the big stage in an Ashes series, and to do it on the first day of an Ashes series when it counts the most, says a lot about him,”
Well, Smith might be ahead of Kohli right now in tests but when it comes to ODIs, Kohli leaves everyone behind him.
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