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Kohli is a showman, the way Steve Smith scores his runs is a work of art: Kepler Wessels

"I think Kohli is terrific and I like the aggressive brand of cricket he plays." - Wessels.

Kepler Wessels
Kepler Wessels. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson! There is no doubt, these are the best batsman in the current generation. Each of them has been consistently doing well for their teams for a long time, now. All of them have remarkably similar numbers, especially in the last few years. However, picking the best out of these four extraordinary batsmen has always been a difficult task.

Well, former Australia and South African cricketer Kepler Wessels diplomatically picks his best for us.  Kepler played 24 Tests for Australia before captaining the Proteas side. He was the first ever cricketer to play ODI cricket for two nations. Speaking on this never-ending topic, Wessels termed Kohli as a showman and Smith as an artist. He said the other two greats, Root and Williamson are both technically sound as well.

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Kohli is definitely one of the best: Kepler Wessels

“I think Kohli is terrific and I like the aggressive brand of cricket he plays. I like the way he can turn a match and the impact he has across all three formats. He is definitely one of the best batsmen at the moment. I like his personality and his aggression and the way he takes the game to the opposition. I think his leadership skills have been pretty good so far and it runs on the rest of the players,” the former South African skipper heaped praise on Kohli.

“Look it’s always difficult to compare players because they play under different conditions, in different circumstances and also for different teams. They all have been superb in modern day cricket. But Kohli is more adventurous probably than the other three. Smith is just phenomenal in the way he puts runs together at the crease, Root is very correct in his approach and as is Williamson,” Kepler Wessels was quoted as saying by CricketNext.

Kohli will find a way to tackle the SA seamers says, Wessels

In the first Test match against the South Africans, Kohli couldn’t make a mark like he always does. He failed to score runs in both the innings. Kohli edged the ball to the keeper, chasing a ball almost on the fourth stump. Kohli has always had this issue and Wessels feels that a player of his skill will definitely find a way to overcome this issue.

“Well, the South Africans will definitely target him in that fourth stumps channel outside off stump and get that ball to bounce. They feel they have got a chance there to get him out early in the innings. You know he is a good player and he will find his way out to counter that,” he added.

“They really got to apply themselves in these conditions and you got to be prepared to be patient to bat for long periods. So that is the basic difference of batting on the sub-continent and here in these conditions,” Kepler stated on the Indian batsmen giving away their wickets.

 

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