Virat Kohli best in the world across formats: Ian Chappell

Written by Rohit Pawar

Who is the better batsman: Virat Kohli or Steve Smith? The cricket world may be divided in its opinion for the two champions, and while many believe Kohli is better than Smith in ODIs, there is an equally huge section of people who rate the Australia captain ahead of the Indian skipper when it comes to Test matches. Well, but what if one of them is to be chosen as the best across all formats. Ian Chappell has the answer.

“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 on the ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’ show.

“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.”

“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.

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