Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are considered two of the best batsmen in the World Cricket right now. It is expected that they both will try to do their best in the World Cup for their respective teams as well. ICC World Cup is scheduled to begin from May 30 in England and Wales. However, Steve Smith is returning in the International Cricket from a one year ban of ball-tampering case. Meanwhile, England all-rounder Ben Stokes believes both Virat Kohli and Steve Smith will look to “weave their magic” their magic in the World Cup as well.
“They are both phenomenal players and have played quite a bit against both of them. You watch them play and they make the game look a lot more easier than others do. So, I am a massive fan of both the players. They have both got their own styles and they are both different in the way they play, but they are both very very effective. You obviously play against guys to win, but at the end of the day you got to look at it from an angle that I love cricket and I love watching both Virat and Steve go about doing their jobs so consistently,” Ben Stokes said to IANS.
After defeating Pakistan by 4-0, Stokes also shared that he is eagerly waiting for the mega event to be started.
“I think we have earned the right to be favourites with the cricket that we have played in the last three or four years. Being world no.1 you will always come into the tournament as favourites. If India or Australia were the no.1 ranked team, they would come into the tournament as favourites. But we cannot take the no.1 tag into the tournament if we want to win it because as you saw during the Champions Trophy (2017) that we were playing great cricket and then we got onto a wicket against Pakistan which wasn’t suited to our style and suited them more. But we have learnt from that and we are more capable to adapt to situations now than we were back then. We are a much better team now because we are able to read situations better,” Stokes added.
England will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa at The Oval in south London on May 30.