Melbourne: Australian spin legend Shane Warne considers Steve Smith and Virat Kohli as two best batsmen in current era but rated Smith ahead of Kohli when it comes to Test matches. Warne listed his top 11 all time best batsmen with whom he has either played or seen.
On the list, Smith shares the 10th spot along with Kohli, though Warne feels the Australian just outsmarted his India contemporary when it comes for Test cricket.
“To me Steve Smith is the best Test batsman in the world. Virat Kohli is the best across all three formats of the game, but across five days, Steve Smith is the man,” said Warne in his column.
Warne has high regards for Kohli’s batsmanship but feels the only blip in the Indian captain’s glorious career so far is his failure to score big in English conditions. Kohli’s dismal tour of England in 2014 was the reason behind Warne’s assesment. On the contrary, Smith has made three away Ashes hundreds and averages 43.31 in the UK.
Warne listed West Indian legends Viv Richards and Brian Lara as first and second respectively, with Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar third. Next on his list came three Australians in Greg Chappell, Ricky Ponting and Allan Border. South Africans Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers were at seven and nine respectively, with lone Englishman Graham Gooch between that pair at number eight.