Jonty Rhodes explains why he prefers Kohli to Smith
After Steve Smith surpassed the Indian skipper in Test batsmen’s rankings, the debate about who is the best in the world started. It is tough to choose if we are asked to pick only out of them, but South African former cricketer Jonty Rhodes picked the best between the two and also gave a meaningful explanation behind his pick.
Steve Smith was in incredible form during the Ashes 2019 after coming out of 12-month long ban. Jonty Rhodes who is viewed as one of the best fielders of all time has come out with different views over picking the best fielder and batsman in the world in an interview to The New Indian Express.
According to Jonty Rhodes, he prefers watching the Indian skipper over Steve Smith while clearly explaining the difference in their batting techniques of scoring runs. Rhodes reckons Smith’s technique is the ugliest one he has seen till date, “I enjoy watching Virat Kohli. His shots amaze me, and sometimes it looks like that how on earth can he hit like that. Steve Smith, with that action and technique, makes the ugliest hundreds I have ever seen but the man just keeps scoring runs.”
When asked to choose the current best fielder, Rhodes blindly went with Martin Guptill and India’s Ravindra Jadeja among the best fielders in the modern era but due to less game time given to the Indian fielder Jadeja, he chose Kiwi over the Indian, “Jadeja doesn’t get enough cricket time.
Guptill is playing every game. Guptill is great in the slips, great in the covers, great in the boundaries. He is a great all-round fielder, Jadeja has got the X factor. There are really good fielders out there but Guptill for me stands out,” the former South African cricketer echoed.
As of now, Proteas are in India to play three-match T20I series and as many number of Tests. The T20I opener was abandoned without a ball being bowled. The second T20I starts on September 18 at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. India haven’t won a T20I series against South Africa in their own den and it is going to be one heck of a contest.