Updated: May 16, 2020 5:38:38 pm
Virat Kohli is miles forward of Steve Smith amongst present batsmen due to his “unreal numbers”, mentioned Kevin Pietersen, including that the India skipper is even better than Sachin Tendulkar due to how he has mastered the artwork of chasing totals.
“Kohli, hands down. Freakshow. His record chasing, winning games for India with the amount of pressure he consistently lives under, Smith doesn’t even come close,” Pietersen advised former Zimbabwe cricketer Pommie Mbangwa throughout an Instagram Live session.
When Mbangwa requested Pietersen to decide on between Kohli and Tendulkar, he mentioned: “Again Virat due to his chasing numbers. His chasing numbers are horrifying. He averages 80 in chases, all his one-day tons of come when chasing.
“He consistently wins games of cricket for India. He just keeps on turning the numbers, chasing, chasing, chasing.”
Winning video games for the nation is rather more vital than particular person performances, mentioned Pietersen.
“That’s what drives me. My Man of the Match performances. It was not the best way that I performed or how I performed. How many Man of the Match performances and what number of video games that you just win for England. And he (Kohli) does that for India. Unreal numbers,” added Pietersen.
Kohli, who has scored 70 worldwide tons of, averages extra than 50 in all three codecs. Smith, then again, averages increased than Kohli in Tests with 7227 runs in 73 video 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, whereas Smith averages 42.46 and 29.60 respectively, within the two codecs.
(With PTI inputs)
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