Sports Desk- Indian captain Virat Kohli is always praised. He is being called the greatest cricketer of all time. Now recently, former England captain Kevin Pietersen has praised Virat Kohli. Pietersen described Kohli as superior to legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and former Australian captain Steve Smith.
Smith would never get around Kohli. There is no better batsman than Kohli in ODIs, Peterson said. In a live Instagram session with former Zimbabwean cricketer Pommie Mbangwa, Pietersen reckoned that Kohli’s insane numbers while chasing a game and ability to singlehandedly win games for India makes him a better batsman than Smith and Sachin.
“Smith or Kohli?” asked Pommie. Pietersen replied, “Kohli. Hands Down.”
“His record chasing, winning games for India with the amount of pressure he consistently lives under….Smith doesn’t even come close.”
Pommie then asked, “Kohli or Sachin?”, and Pietersen’s reply remained the same. His chasing numbers are frightening. He averages 80 in chases and all his one-day hundreds come when chasing. He consistently wins games of cricket for Team India.
In ODIs, Kohli has scored 7039 runs batting second in 134 innings and stands only behind Sachin who managed 8720 runs in 232 innings. Moreover, Kohli has the most centuries 26 – while chasing compared to Sachin’s 17, and also averages 68.33 compared to the legend’s 42.33. The scenario remains the same in successful chases. Kohli amassed 5388 runs in 86 innings where India successfully chased a total, at 96.21 and 22 centuries. Sachin’s numbers are – 5490 runs in 124 innings at 55.45 with 14 centuries. Smith has scored 4162 runs at an average of 42.47 in 125 ODIs played so far. Smith has scored 4162 runs at an average of 42.47 in 125 ODIs played so far.
Kohli has scored 70 international hundreds and averages more than 50 in all three formats. Smith, on the other hand, averages higher than Kohli in Tests with 7,227 runs in 73 games at 62.74. Kohli has scored 7,240 runs in 86 Tests at 53.62. The Indian averages 59.33 and 50.80 in ODIs and T20s, while Smith averages 42.46 and 29.60 respectively in the two formats.
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