In every cricketing decade, there are comparisons between the greatest players of the sport. Similarly, currently there is a big debate going on about on who being the better batsman between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. There is a stern competition between the two iconic batters in Test cricket as Virat is currently very much ahead of Smith in the limited-overs formats.
After returning from the tough 12-month ball tampering ban, Smith smashed over 600 runs in the 2019 Ashes and reclaimed his No.1 ranking as well. On the other hand, Virat has been scoring tons of runs on consistent basis across the three formats of the game. Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell noted that Kohli and Smith teach everyone on the importance of focussing on their own techniques.
“Kohli is a great role model for young players searching for a way to build their game for international success. He’s also a headache for coaches who theorise on modern methods and disparage traditional approaches as being “old time cricket. Smith and Kohli are adequate proof that batting is very much an individual exercise and whatever works for you is the correct method,” wrote Ian Chappell in his column for the Hindustan Times.
Chappell mentioned that Smith is very much mentally strong to be successful despite altering his technique. Smith recently played amazingly well in the T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Chappell stated that Smith is very confident about his stroke-making.
“And therein lies the success to Smith’s batting; he’s fashioned a method that works for him and he’s been mentally strong enough to resist all attempts to alter his style. For all his eccentric movements and mannerisms, when Smith actually plays the ball he’s in good position to execute his choice of shot,” the former Australian cricketer concluded.