Although cricket has how faced a halt due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, one topic that has always been constant among the global fanbase of the sport is- the never ending rivalry between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, two of the greatest batsmen ever. The stalwarts of the two elite cricketing nations have often been pitted against each other by fans and pundits alike, from the performances and records to exchanging the ICC Test batting ranking top spot. Former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen also speaks up, and to him, the Aussie run machine ‘doesn’t even come close’ to the ‘freakshow’ skipper of Team India!
Kevin Pietersen recently went onto a live session on Instagram along with former Zimbabwean cricketer Pommie Mbangwa. having a discussion on various topics on the gentleman’s game, the question of Kohli vs Smith eventually came up.
Even though both batsmen have been revered as two of the greatest ever to grace the pitch, the choice was very easy for the former England international.
“Kohli is a freakshow, his record chasing winning games for India with the amount of pressure he lives under, Smith does not even come close to him,” Pietersen said in the live session.
Even though Smith is currently leading the ICC Test batting rankings list with 911 ratings, 25 more than Kohli in the second spot, the Men in Blue captain’s milestone achieving victory and his expertise to pull his team out of a tight spot in a nail biting chase is why Pietersen chose him over the former Aussie skipper.
However, its not just Smith, Pietersen even considers Kohli to be above Tendulkar, arguably the greatest cricketer to ever exist, just on the sole reason of the 38 year old’s chasing records.
“Again, Virat because of his chasing numbers,” Pietersen went on pitting Kohli versus the Little Master, “His chasing numbers are frightening, he averages more than 80 when it comes to chasing, he consistently wins games for India, he keeps on turning the numbers, and this matters to me as to how many games you win for your country.”
Kohli already has a higher batting average in ODIs (59.34) than Tendulkar (44.83), even though their Test number are very similar, and the current no. 1 ODI batsman is slowly approaching Tendulkar’s astounding record of 100 centuries, with already having landed 70 tons across both formats.