Panesar picks the best Test batsman between Kohli and Smith
There is one debate in cricket which has quite often been ringing the ears and it is picking the best batsman between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli. Many experts, former legends, commentators have had their opinions about it and the majority called Virat Kohli as the best batsman in the world because he averages 50+ across all formats of the game.
However, when it comes to picking the best between the two in Test cricket, Steve Smith might as well be leading the race according to former England off-spinner Monty Panesar. Smith made a sensational comeback to the Australian team in the recently concluded Ashes series.
Smith also became the No.1 Test batsman and also consolidated his lead at the top of the points table, 34 points ahead of Kohli. Smith has twenty-six centuries to Kohli’s 25. Putting all the formats into perspective, Smith is behind Kohli but only when considering the best in Test cricket, it is fair to say Smith is above Kohli as of now.
“Steve Smith is a better Test batsman than Virat Kohli,” Panesar told The Times of India (TOI) in an exclusive interview. “But if you take an overall package, especially limited-overs, Virat stands out. He is overall a world-class batsman. Virat is the best batsman in the world. Smith is the best Test batsman in the world,” said Panesar.
Monty Panesar who played 50 Tests for England bagging 167 wickets to his name praised India’s premier batsman to an extent saying that with his consistency and potential, he surely will beat Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries.
Panesar also reserved some highest praise for India’s pace bowling sensation Jasprit Bumrah. “I am sure Sachin has played a crucial role in Bumrah’s development. He has a huge influence on him.
What length to bowl, how to swing, how to judge a batsman- all these things he has learnt so quickly. How you think about the game and how you tactically take the right decisions- all these things Bumrah has learnt so fast under the able guidance of Sachin,” Panesar added.