Virat Kohli, the skipper of team India, is being considered as the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) by his fans and some former cricketers also have the same opinion. However, there are some cricket lovers who constantly draw comparisons between the Indian skipper and Australian cricketer Steve Smith. If we talk about the ICC Test Rankings, Virat is at the top spot while Steve is on the second position.
Steve’s performance in the Ashes series has played an important role in improving his rankings as at the beginning of the month, he was at the fourth spot.
He scored 144 and 142 runs in the first and second innings respectively in the first test played at Birmingham and in the second test match which was played at Lords, he was at 92 when he was sent out due to concussion.
When former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was asked about his opinion regarding Virat and Steve, Viru was pretty clear about his choice and his answer was that Virat is better than Steve as he is pleasing to the eye.
In an interview with a leading news daily, Sehwag states that Virat is the best and he is number one batsman in the world. As per him, Kohli’s batting is more pleasing to watch in comparison to Steve’s batting. Viru goes on to say that the manner in which Virat is scoring, he will definitely score more centuries than Sachin Tendulkar. In fact, Sehwag is sure that Virat will break almost all the records of the Little Master. However, there is one record which nobody, not even Virat, will be able to break and that is the record of playing 200 test matches.
Presently, Virat Kohli has scored 43 centuries in ODIs and 25 tons in test matches and he is not far from Sachin’s record of 49 centuries in ODIs. If we talk about the total centuries, Virat has 68 centuries in all the formats and he is not very far from Sachin’s tally of 100 centuries.
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