One of the most exciting debates doing the rounds in the cricketing world these days is the debate of choosing between Indian captain Virat Kohli and Australian captain Steven Smith. However, former South African captain Kepler Wessels has given a very nice explanation of the two brilliant batsmen. Both the batsmen are currently in the form of their life and have dominated bowlers all around the world.
Both the batsmen have different characteristics, on the one hand, Kohli wears his heart on his sleeves, and his aggression plus quality has helped him gain the upper hand on the bowlers. While on the other hand, Steven Smith with his unorthodox batting technique has gained himself a reputation for being second best Australian batsman after Sir Donald Bradman.
Smith’s last five Test scores read as 141*, 40, 6, 239, 76, 102* and 83, on the other hand, Kohli’s last five Test scores read as 42, 0, 104*, 213, 243, 50, 5 and 28. Many would argue that these scores came against weaker opposition in Sri Lanka, but he has proved himself against quality fast bowling in the past.
Wessel believes that Kohli is a ‘Showman’ and Smith on the other is a work of ‘Art’ in the way he scores his runs. Wessels said:
“I think Kohli is terrific and I like the aggressive brand of cricket he plays. I like the way he can turn a match and the impact he has across all three formats. He is definitely one of the best batsmen at the moment. I like his personality and his aggression and the way he takes the game to the opposition. I think his leadership skills have been pretty good so far and it runs on the rest of the players.”
“Look it’s always difficult to compare players because they play under different conditions, in different circumstances and also for different teams. They all have been superb in modern day cricket. But Kohli is more adventurous probably than the other three. Smith is just phenomenal in the way he puts runs together at the crease, Root is very correct (in his approach) as is Williamson.”
Wessels believes that despite failing in the first Test Kohli will find a way to counter his weakness on the off stump in the upcoming Tests:
“Well the South Africans will definitely target him in that fourth stumps channel outside off stump and get that ball to bounce. They feel they have got a chance there to get him out early in the innings. You know he is a good player and he will find his way out to counter that.”