There is always a question that revolves around a cricket lover’s mind and that is probably this, ‘Who is the greatest modern-day batsman in World cricket?’ And as of now, some of them believe it to be Australian star Steve Smith and for some, the only answer is King Kohli. For few others, it could be Kane Williamson, Joe Root, or any other batsman. However, Australian cricket legend Ian Chappell picked his one batsman whom he termed as the best batsman across all three formats.
While speaking at ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’ show, the former Australian skipper weighed in on the Kohli vs Smith debate before admitting that he can’t pick any batsman ahead of the Indian stalwart.
While speaking at ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’ show, Ian Chappell said, “for me includes across all three formats Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman.”
“India’s had some pretty good batsmen but the comment I made was over the three formats. I was recently asked to pick between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli and I said you can’t pick ahead of Kohli,” Chappell said before he went on to brand Kohli the best batsman across formats.
“His record in all three formats is incredible; he averages over 50 in T20 cricket which I think is a tremendous feat. So yes, he in my opinion, Kohli is the best batsman at the moment across all three formats.” He added.
Over the years, the rivalry between India and Australia has intensified. There used to be a time when India would find it tough to beat the Australian team in Australia, but the recent years have been pretty good for men in blues as they started progressing on foreign soil.
As India managed to defeat Australia in a Test series down under for the first time in the 2018-19 season. Another big tour of India to Australia is coming closer at the end of this year, and Chappell expecting a close battle between both the teams.
“Australia are pretty hard to beat at home, particularly with the bowling attack they’ve got at the moment. It’s a very strong attack. Australia’s batting, the last time India were here, wasn’t so good. It will be a bit harder this time (for India) with Smith and Warner in the Australian side. If India can keep getting Warner and Smith out cheaply, they can win. If they don’t, the series is Australia’s,” Chappell said.