SA v IND 2018: Graeme Smith doubts whether Virat Kohli’s form will suffer when the team falters

Virat Kohli scored 558 runs in the ODI series- the most by a batsman in a six match series.

Virat Kohli has been in sublime form on the whole tour of South Africa | Getty

South Africa might have come ahead in the Test series, thanks to their bowlers, but in ODI series and the Test series; they had to deal with one man Virat Kohli. The Proteas had no answers to the Indian run machine as he clobbered 558 runs in the six match series with three centuries.

However, former South African captain Graeme Smith thinks that he has found a chink in Kohli’s amazing form.

In an interview with, Smith said, "His own game has been incredible. He's led from the front, he's given India the mindset that they can play away from home, that they want to be here and in tough conditions. That is key and he's led the way. As long as India stay on top, he's going to be hugely successful. I think the challenge for him as India's best player is if India get under pressure for a long period of time, how would that affect his batting? But at the moment he is looking sublime.

Graeme Smith said that Virat Kohli was the best player in the world

Smith further said, "I was a little worried in the Test series, in game one and two, I thought his emotions were getting the better of him, and maybe that was starting to impact the players around him. But I think he's got himself under control."

Despite having his doubts, Smith called Virat Kohli the best player in the world.

Smith said, "I just think in modern-day cricket, batters have forgotten how to construct innings. Getting a 40 off 20 balls is exciting but it doesn't win you games. Someone like Kohli does that, at good rates. He knows how to construct an innings, and a lot of those youngsters need to look at that and realise how the game needs to be played."


By Jatin Sharma - 21 Feb, 2018

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