Retrieved 16 May 2020, 18:26 IST
The Virat Kohli Vs. Steve Smith The controversy has been raging for some time. His exact answer to who is a better player can never be found, but former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has made up his own mind about who knows a better batsman.
“(Great) Kohli. Put your hands down. (He a) freakshow. For India, chasing record-winning games for him, Smith doesn’t even come close to the amount of pressure he is living with, “Petersen told Pomi Mbangwa in an Instagram live session.
Petersen believes Virat Kohli is better than Sachin Tendulkar
It is widely accepted that Steve Smith is the best Test batsman, but he was beaten by Virat Kohli in the ODIs. Petersen’s answer, however, prompted Mbangwa to go one step further and asked the Englishman who he thought was the best batsman among Virat Kohli? Sachin Tendulkar.
The former England captain refused to refrain from suggesting that the current Indian captain himself was better than Master Blaster. Pittersen believes that Virat Kohli’s match-winning performance has put him higher than Tendulkar in the list of the best batsmen of all time.
“Again, huge. Because of his chase numbers. The number of his chases is alarming. His average in chase is 80. All his ODIs came in hundreds of chases. He has consistently won cricket matches for India. He just keeps chasing, chasing, chasing the numbers, ”Kevin Pietersen said.
According to Petersen, the match that a player has won for his country is a testament to his ability as a cricketer. According to the former Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, the pressure that Virat Kohli is facing cannot be matched.
“And that’s what drives me. My Man of the Match performance. It wasn’t the way I play or how I play or whatever. How much was the Man of the Match performance … How many games did you win for England? For India, you know … we feed those statistics all the time. Unrealistic numbers, ”Petersen added.