Sunil Gavaskar gives his verdict on Virat Kohli, Steve Smith

I would have both of them in my team, said Gavaskar.

Both Smith and Kohli have been in good form in recent times. (Reuters)

After various former cricketers and experts had their opinion on Virat Kohli and Steve Smith’s greatness former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar refused to compare the ability and greatness of both these modern greats.

Smith and Kohli have been regarded among the finest batsmen going around as the two have led their respective teams from the front with their bat in the recent past.

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"I would have both of them in my team. Steve Smith would bat at three, Virat will bat at four," Gavaskar told Star Sports.

He added: "It's the way they go from 50 to 60 and then from 70 to 80. If you look at [Lokesh] Rahul, when he is batting on 70s and 80s, he just gets a little ahead of himself. He is playing deliveries he shouldn't be playing, he is reaching out. You never see Steve Smith or Virat Kohli doing that.

"They eventually get the bowler to play in their arc. Then they bring all their shots into play. Both of them are super runners between the wickets. You can't bowl maidens to them. It's their strength, they keep rotating their strike and at the same time make the bowlers bowl to them."

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Notably, Smith has scored 5511 runs, including 21 centuries, from 57 matches (before second Ashes Test) at a staggering average of 61.23. On the other hand, Kohli has amassed 4975 runs (before Delhi Test) at an average of 51.82.


By Anshuman Roy - 03 Dec, 2017

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