'Virat Kohli is the best.' That's what Steve Smith said

Updated: 11 September, 2020 07:41 IST | PTI | Manchester

Aus star and ex-captain Steve Smith reckons India skipper Kohli is the world's top ODI batsman

India's Virat Kohli celebrates his half century against West Indies during the third T20l at the Wankhede Stadium last December. Pic/AFP
India's Virat Kohli celebrates his half century against West Indies during the third T20l at the Wankhede Stadium last December. Pic/AFP

Australian run-machine Steve Smith has rated his great Indian rival Virat Kohli as the best ODI batsman in world cricket currently. The two batsmen, who will face off in the upcoming IPL and also during India's tour of Australia later this year, have been fierce rivals on the field. Instagram chat Smith, who is currently in England for the three-match ODI series against the hosts starting from today, said this during an Instagram session with fans. When a fan asked the Australian to name the best ODI batsman, Smith had no hesitation in taking Kohli's name.

The Indian captain is currently the leading scorer in ODIs among active cricketers with 11,867 runs at an average of 59.33. He has 43 hundreds to his name and is only seven away from surpassing Sachin Tendulkar's world record for most hundreds in ODIs.

During the session, Smith described Kohli's RCB teammate and South African great AB de Villiers as a "freak". Smith, who is set to represent Rajasthan Royalist in IPL 2020, said India's KL Rahul and Sanju Samson are the two players to watch out for.

'Buttler's terrific'

About his Rajasthan Royals teammate Jos Buttler, who has been in terrific form in the recently-concluded T20I series against Australia, Smith said, "Terrific player. Hopefully, no runs against us this week then he can score as many as he likes in the IPL."

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Smith will join the Rajasthan Royals squad in UAE after the ODI series against England ends on September 16.

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First Published: 11 September, 2020 07:35 IST

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