Virat Kohli and Steve Smith have always been compared by the fans as well as cricket pundits, due to their charismatic performance on the pitch. One has broken all records in the Test Cricket format while the other is known for his terrific performance in the One Day Internationals. Adding to this debate, recently Aaron Finch considers Kohli the best ODI player.
In a recent interview, Aaron Finch, the Australian captain was asked whom he considers being the best cricketer, Kohli or Smith. He talked about all the three formats of the game. Later on, said that both of them are legendary players, irrespective of the format they played in.
The Battle continues!
“I think in Test cricket, Virat and Smith’s record at home and in away games is unbelievable. Virat had a tough series a few years ago in England against James Anderson. But then he came back to England in 2018 and dominated the series. Smith has never really struggled anywhere, to be fair. He is an unbelievable Test player. The most impressive thing about both of them which probably separates and puts them above anyone else is that how dominant they are all over the world,” Finch said to SportsTak.
“It’s one thing to dominate in your country, at wickets you are comfortable in. To do it all around the world is extraordinary. Sometimes they get out early, but that’s just cricket. But they very rarely miss out, and when they go, they go big,” he added.
Steve Smith is ranked at number 1 by ICC in the Test cricket format. He is followed by Virat Kohli at no 2. Finch thinks Smith has a slight edge in the Test format over Kohli and said, “I think Smith just has an edge in Test cricket. Virat’s probably has played on wickets that has deteriorated a lot quicker when the ball started spinning big, and going a little bit lower a bit more often.” “Smith in Test cricket is unbelievable, I think his game plan is so well, he’s so good at,” Finch added.
When asked about the ODI format Finch said he considers Kohli to be the best all-time ODI player by the time he retires. “I think overall, Virat, by the time he finishes his career, will be the best ODI cricketer of all-time, if he isn’t already. Playing against him for so long is difficult, but it’s also beautiful. It’s like playing against anyone who is the best of the best, regardless of whether it’s Virat, Rohit, or David Warner or Kane Williamson. When they are on, it’s great to watch,” the captain said.
The right-handed batsman also said that the versatility of both the cricketers makes them a deadly opponent. He said, “In T20Is, Virat has an edge over Smith because he has played more in this format. But the versatility of both the players in the format, to be able to be the guy who anchors the innings, and take the team home, or come out and be really aggressive. That ultra-aggressive game, that really high strike innings from ball one… it really sets them apart from a lot of players in the world.”. “In all three formats, at any surface, they adapt really quickly. You’d pick either of them in any of the teams because they get the job done and they are bloody good,” he added.
The India Tour of Australia is knocking at the door. Both of the cricketers will be seen playing against each other in this tournament. Recently, Smith was seen admiring Kohli in an interview. It will be a treat to witness the legendary cricketers fight for the trophy.