Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024

spin legend Shane Warne rates Steve Smith higher than Virat Kohli in Tests Team India’s Virat Kohli and Steve Smith of Australia have a tough fight against who is currently the best batsman and captain of the world. While Test cricket records Smith better than Virat, the Australian captain in the one-day and Twenty20 cricket does not even live around Virat Kohli To me Steve Smith is the best Test batsman in the world,” he wrote in his News Corp column. “Virat Kohli is the best across all three formats of the game, but across five days, Steve Smith is the man.Warne has high regards for Kohli’s batsmanship but feels the only blip in the Indian captain’s glorious career so far is his failure to score big in English conditions “I don’t assess greatness by stats, but rather by the way someone played the game, the way they influenced results and the impact they had on all of us,” he wrote. “To me a great batsman has to have made a hundred in three key countries: in England, against the Duke ball on seaming and swinging pitches; in Australia, on our fast-paced, bouncy tracks; and of course, in the dust bowls of India, on pitches that spin and spit,” added Warne, who played 145 Tests for Australia between 1992 and 2007. “The hole in Kohli’s CV on the Test match stage is in England and the pressure is on the fiery but very likeable Indian to carry over some double-ton magic from home soil to that country when his team tours next year.” In the list, Warne has placed West Indian legends Viv Richards and Brian Lara at the first and second positions respectively, while Sachin Tendulkar is placed third. Next on his list are three Australians in Greg Chappell, Ricky Ponting and Allan Border, followed by South Africans Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers at seven and nine respectively]]>

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