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Virat Kohli only batsman comparable to Steve Smith, feels Ricky Ponting

Virat Kohli is on a very high pedestal, but Kane Williamson and Joe Root aren’t anywhere near as good as Steve Smith, feels former Australia captain Ricky Ponting

cricket Updated: Dec 17, 2017 12:22 IST
Ankit Kumar Singh
Ankit Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Virat Kohli,Steve Smith,Ricky Ponting
Steve Smith (L) and Virat Kohli have both in prolific form with the bat in recent times.(Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

A day after former English captain Michael Vaughan dubbed Steve Smith the best batsman in Test cricket, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting too joined the chorus in praising his compatriot. Ponting, who is himself regarded as one of the best batsmen of all time, said that apart from Virat Kohli, none of the modern day batsmen are anywhere close to the standard of Smith. (Ashes 3rd Test SCORECARD)

“You look at the other better players in the world; Virat Kohli is on a pretty high pedestal but then you look at Joe Root and Kane Williamson, as far as I’m concerned those guys are nowhere near as good as Steven Smith and I’ve said that for a long time,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

The three-time World Cup winning play also said that if Smith would have played in the age of timeless Tests, he would have batted forever. ““You look at his wagon wheel, he’s got boundaries almost all around the ground and there’s no obvious weakness and with his appetite for runs that he’s got he’ll just keep batting forever. Imagine him back in the day when there were Timeless Tests he would’ve just batted forever,” he told the Australian website.

The Australian great also revealed that some of the English players approached him for tips to dismiss Smith and he responded by saying he was yet to figure out any weakness in the current Australian captain’s game.

“I even had England players come to me this morning saying ‘Just give us something on Smith. What are we going to bowl to Smith?’ And I said, ‘Look, one, I’m not going to tell you. And two, I don’t know anyway because it seems like he’s got every base covered,” Ponting chuckled.

Smith, the No. 1 ranked batsman in Test cricket, broke many records on his way to a double hundred on the third day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA on Saturday. His double ton made him the first captain to do so in an Ashes Test after Allan Border achieved the same feat 24 years ago in 1993. During his sterling knock, the 28-year old also broke West Indian great Sir Garfield Sobers’ record for the maximum number of runs after 108 innings in Test matches.

Smith was eventually dismissed for 239 on the fourth day’s morning when he was caught plumb in front by English pacer James Anderson. His top knock has given Australia a great chance of pushing for a victory against England and regain the urn they conceded three years back to their arch-rivals.

First Published: Dec 17, 2017 11:41 IST