Indian skipper Virat Kohli and the Australian cricketer Steve Smith have always had a neck-to-neck competition right from the start. Both the players were rightly adjudged as ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade for their exceptional performance across all the three formats- T20’s, ODI’s and Tests.
As the comparisons better the two often happen, former Zimbabwe captain and ex-England coach Andy Flower view both the players.
In the recent conversation with TOI, Flower expressed the difficulty to choose one best player from the two. He said, “Well, it would be difficult to pick between them. Smith has done amazingly well in Test cricket. I have been surprised by how well he’s done. But he’s shown that he can adapt his game and that’s a wonderful quality to be able to adapt and evolve and develop like Smith has done.”
“Kohli is incredibly skillful, hungry (for runs), and likes combat. He likes the battle. And I really admire that in him. I admire his energy which is up all the time. I think they have both got very good leadership traits. They’re good role models. I know Steve Smith has had a few battles in that area, obviously. But I admire them both and I’m not going to pick one or the other,” Flower added.
Andy Flower enjoys Indian crowd
Andy Flower is reminded of India’s tour where he relished the cricket between India and Zimbabwe cheered by the crazy cricket fans. “Coming to India and not only playing in front of these crowds that love the game so much, but touring around the country to all sorts, all different parts of the country. And everyone knowing what was going on in the series, everyone knowing your stats, everyone knowing everything about the Zimbabwe squad. That’s my abiding memory about cricket in India.”
Andy Flower, who has coached the England Team, is now working as the head coach of Multan Sultans and St Lucia Zouks. He is also the assistant coach of Kings XI Punjab.