Let’s make one thing very clear, Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are far and away the best batsmen of this current generation.
For the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about a ‘Fab Four’ that is pulling away from the rest of the pack of batsmen in the game today.
Smith, Kohli, Root and Williamson are considered to be the most accomplished batting quartet in the game as of now, as the four of them have consistently performed well over the last few years for their respective nations.
Slowly but surely though, the Aussie and Indian skipper are proving why they are a cut above even the other two in ‘Fab Four’, as Smith and Kohli have taken batsman ship to another level all together.
But who is better among these two modern greats?
Cricket legend Shane Warne has recently said that he rates Smith as the better test batsman, while Kohli is nudges ahead across all three formats of the game.
“Smith and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli are dueling for a spot in my top 10 bats of the past 40 or so years and both are heading up that ladder with a bullet,” wrote Shane Warne.
“Steve Smith has made 200 in England, he’s now got a double ton at the WACA and he’s made big hundreds in India. So in the three toughest environments to perform, he’s done it and hasn’t he done it well, too.
Smith is not as destructive as a Vivvy Richards — there hasn’t been anyone who is — he is more of a quiet assassin. It’s death by a thousand cuts,” Shane Warne hailed Steve Smith.
“To me Steve Smith is the best Test batsman in the world. Virat Kohli is the best across all three formats of the game, but across five days, Steve Smith is the man.
The hole in Kohli’s CV on the Test match stage is in England and the pressure is on the fiery but very likeable Indian to carry over some double-ton magic from home soil to that country when his team tours next year,” quoted Warne.
“I actually think Kohli is easier to bowl to than Smith. With Virat you can plan to bowl around that off stump and he will be tempted to have a little play, but Smith will leave the ball there all day. He’ll make you bowl to him,” Warne explained.