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Former Australian legendary pacer, Brett Lee has clearly stated that Steve Smith is a better batsman than Virat Kohli in contemporary cricket. Brett Lee has been among one of the most lethal pace spearheads that the cricketing world has ever witnessed. Smith and Virat have been two of the most iconic batsmen the world of cricket has ever seen.
It is almost impossible to stop them, and every bowling line-up in the world fears to face them. Both have had an impeccable record as batsmen and have been setting new milestones in every game that they play. They are a part of the fab-four in world cricket at the moment. It has led to comparisons being drawn between them on numerous occasions.
Now, Brett Lee seems to have jumped into the debate as to who he thinks is the best batsman out of the two and has given reasons for his choice.
Brett Lee Believes Steve Smith Is Better Than Virat Kohli
“Who do I think is the best? Look, it’s so hard to pick because there’s a lot of qualities in both players that I enjoy. I try to look at it from a bowlers’ perspective and see if there are any flaws that I would try to exploit. There’s obviously very little,” Lee told Cricbuzz.
“They are two different players. Virat Kohli is technically sound, hits down the ground. He used to nick off a number of years ago but he’s tightened up and that’s not the case anymore. He’s a great leader as well. Kohli is definitely right up there. Steve Smith has been through a lot over the last couple of years and his rise back to stardom again has been amazing,” Lee added.
Steve Smith Has Come Back Brilliantly: Brett Lee
“He’s a completely different batsman (to Kohli). Who would I pick at the moment? Because of what he’s been through I would go with Steve Smith. Smith took his punishment on the chin, did his time and has come back brilliantly and for me, that shows his mental strength. ‘People were talking about him being as good as Sir Don Bradman and he still could be despite having some time out of the game,” Brett Lee further said.
In the last couple of years, Virat has emerged as the undisputed champion due to Smith’s ban after the Sandpapergate scandal. Still, Smith’s return has been magnificent, and he announced it in style during the 2019 Ashes.