Former South African skipper – Kepler Wessels has lately joined the chorus on the debate over who among Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson is the best batsman of the modern era in the world. In this never-ending debate, Kohli and Smith are the central points of the dispute between the cricket pundits, many of whom refuse to draw a comparison between them, across the world.
Wessels told CricketNext, “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.”
He further added on the same, “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.”
Commenting on South Africa’s ‘chockers’ tag, Wessels said, “I think the high for South African cricket has been to go on top in the Test arena, but not winning a World Cup till date is sad. That’s been a huge disappointment although there have been some good performances in the showpiece event.”
He went to further added that the youngsters of the country should learn from Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn. Wessels concluded by saying, “Jacques Kallis is at the top of the list. Dale Steyn is another one who will be in the top three cricketers to have played for the country. Those two for me are the ones I would like to single out and they have been absolutely fantastic.”