Former Australia captain Steve Smith made headlines with his stunning performances in the recently-concluded Ashes series but former South Africa player Jonty Rhodes rates India captain Virat Kohli above Steve Smith.
“I enjoy watching Virat Kohli. Steve Smith, with that action and technique, makes the ugliest hundreds I have ever seen but the man just keeps scoring runs,” Jonty Rhodes, who is considered as one of the best fielders of all time, said to New Indian Express. “Someone who likes to watch cricket would want to say ‘Wow! What an amazing shot’ as opposed to ‘Oh! How on earth can he hit that?’ So Virat Kohli right now,” the veteran South Africa player further added.
Smith played his first Test series after finishing one-year ban from the international cricket for the ball-tampering scandal along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft. Steve Smith finished the Ashes campaign as the player of the series, having scored 774 runs in four matches with a stupendous average of 110.57. He scored three centuries, including a double-ton, and three half-centuries in seven innings. However, he was dismissed under 50 only in his last innings in the series, as Australia retained the Ashes. However, England won the final one and the series ended in a draw.
Smith also surpassed Virat Kohli and reached on the top of the ICC Test rankings, moving up from fourth to the top spot over the course of the Ashes series. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, scored two half-centuries in India’s last Test series against West Indies. The Indian captain’s next challenge in the Test format will be against South Africa when they will take on for a three-match series in October.