Best White-Ball Batsman Between Virat Kohli And Steven Smith: Gautam Gambhir Reveals

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Gautam Gambhir Reveals His Favourite White-Ball Batsman Between Virat Kohli And Steven Smith 

Gautam Gambhir Reveals His Favourite White-Ball Batsman Between Virat Kohli And Steven Smith
Following a gesture from Kohli, Smith had walked upto him to shake hands. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

While India and Australia are ready for the three-match ODI series, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir revealed his favourite white-ball batsman between Virat Kohli and Steven Smith.

Both Virat Kohli and Steven Smith are the top batsmen in the present international cricket. At present, they are fighting for the top position of the ICC Test batting rankings. While Kohli is the top-ranked Test batsman, Smith is standing in the second position in the same rankings.

However, in the limited-overs cricket, former Australian captain Steven Smith is far behind from the present Indian captain Virat Kohli, who is again in the very strong positions. While Kohli is the top-ranked ODI batsman and nine-ranked T20I batsman, Smith is even not present in the top 20 rankings in both the white-ball formats. However, Steven Smith missed many limited-overs matches due to the one-year suspension from April 2018 to March 2019.

Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, Gautam Gambhir
Steven Smith and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Google)

There’s no comparison between Virat Kohli and Steven Smith in white-ball cricket – Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir has recently claimed that Virat Kohli is the far better batsman than Steven Smith in the limited-overs cricket.

Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir (Image Credit: Google)

Gambhir said, “Virat Kohli is far far better than Steve Smith in white-ball cricket. There’s no comparison. I would not compare Kohli to Smith in white-ball cricket. I would actually want to see what spot Smith bats on. Are they’re going to push him at no 4 or would have him bat at 3 and send Labuschagne at no 4.”

The kind of form Mohammed Shami is in, it’s a big plus for India – Gautam Gambhir

On Tuesday (14th January), India and Australia will play the first ODI of the three-match ODI series at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai). Talking about the Indian pace bowlers, while Mohammed Shami is in great form as he finished as the most ODI wicket-taker in 2019, the no.1-ranked ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah is returning to the ODI side after recovering from the injury.

Gautam Gambhir is excited to see how the Indian right-arm pacers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah handle the top Australian batsmen like David Warner and Aaron Finch in this ODI series.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Gambhir claimed, “I’m really excited to see how these two guys bowl against some of the top batters like David Warner or Aaron Finch in that kind of form in white-ball cricket on flat wickets. But the best part is that they have got pace. They can actually get wickets with that sheer pace and the quickness in the air as well.

“I’ve always believed that when you’re playing on flacid wickets and smaller grounds like the Wankhede or Bangalore, your bowlers need to step up. The kind of form Mohammed Shami is in, it’s a big plus for India that he has done really well in white-ball cricket.”

The last two matches of the ODI series between India and Australia will be played at Rajkot and Bengaluru on 17th and 19th January 2020.

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