Virender Sehwag rates Virat Kohli as a better batsman than Steve Smith

Virender Sehwag rates Virat Kohli as a better batsman than Steve Smith

Sehwag feels that Virat will break most of Sachin Tendulkar's records.

Virender Sehwag
Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag. (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Over the time being, there has been a debate over who among Virat Kohli and Steve Smith is the better batsman. In ICC’s Test rankings for batsmen, Virat is at the helm. However, Smith is at second spot, nine point adrift the Indian skipper’s top position. At the start of this month, the Australian batsman was fourth in the list with Virat, Kane Williamson and Cheteshwar Pujara ahead of him.

However, after making his Test comeback following 16 months, he turned up with knocks of 144 and 142 in the first Ashes Test in Birmingham. Even at the Lord’s, Smith racked up 92 runs in the first innings before he was ruled out due to concussion. However, Virender Sehwag, the former Indian cricketer, feels that Kohli is better than Smith purely because the former is pleasing to the eye.

Virat Kohli will break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s records

“He is the best,” Sehwag was quoted as saying in an exclusive interview with The Times of India (TOI). “Virat Kohli is a much better player than Steve Smith. If you look at Kohli and Smith (while batting), Kohli looks much more pleasing to the eyes in comparison with Smith. He is the number one batsman in the world,” the retired batsman added.

As far as Virat is concerned, he recently scored a couple of ODI tons versus the Windies and is now set to be a part of the opening Test in Antigua. Virat already has 43 ODI tons and isn’t far away from Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of most tons in the format. Overall, he has 68 tons in international cricket and Sehwag has no doubt that he will break most of the Master Blaster’s records.

“The way he is scoring centuries, I am sure he will break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s records. At the moment, Virat (Kohli) is the best batsman. The way he is scoring centuries, he is the best. I am sure he will break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s records,” Sehwag stated.

But, as per Sehwag, there’s one record, which will remain unscathed and not even the Delhi-born Virat can overhaul it. “The one record no one can break is his (Sachin) 200 Test matches record. I don’t think anyone can break his record of playing 200 Test matches. I don’t think anybody can play more than 200 Test matches,” he added.

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