Steve Smith’s accomplishments pale as compared to Virat Kohli’s “unreal numbers” and therefore the Indian captain has outstripped even the good Sachin Tendulkar together with his mastery of chases, feels former England star Kevin Pietersen.
Smith and Kohli are among the leading batsmen within the world now except for Pietersen, the Australia doesn’t even compared to the Indian superstar.
“Kohli, handily . Freakshow. His record chasing, winning games for India with the quantity of pressure he consistently lives under, Smith doesn’t even compared ,” Pietersen told former Zimbabwe cricketer Pommie Mbangwa during an Instalive.
When Mbangway asked Pietersen to settle on between Kohli and Tendulkar, he said: “Again Virat due to his chasing numbers. His chasing numbers are frightening. He averages 80 in chases, all his one-day hundreds come when chasing.
“He consistently wins games of cricket for India. He just keeps on turning the numbers, chasing, chasing, chasing.”
Winning games for the country is far more important than individual performances, said Pietersen.
“That’s what drives me. My Man of the Match performances. it had been not the way that I played or how I played. what percentage Man of the Match performances and the way many games that you simply win for England. And he (Kohli) does that for India. Unreal numbers,” added Pietersen.
Kohli, who has scored 70 international hundreds, averages quite 50 altogether three formats. Smith, on the opposite hand, averages above Kohli in Tests with 7227 runs in 73 games at 62.74.
Kohli has scored 7240 runs in 86 Tests at 53.62. The Indian star averages 59.33 and 50.80 in ODIs and T20s, while Smith averages 42.46 and 29.60 respectively, within the two formats