Whilst the Indians see a bit of the great man Sachin Tendulkar in Virat Kohli, New Zealand are heavily reliant on their young skipper Kane Williamson. Joe Root remains the key stay in the English line up and not many can question Steve Smith’s ability.
These are the “Fantastic Four” or the “Gen-next” of cricket currently and to decide who is the best among them, is getting tougher and tougher as days are passing. Incidentally, these four gentlemen occupy the top-4 spots in the ICC Rankings for the batsmen.
Speaking about this rivalry which has entertaining the cricket fans spectacularly well over the last few years, Virat Kohli suggested he rates his compatriots (Root, Smith and Williamson) above himself.
Virat Kohli spoke to the media before the start of the 5th Test and said this healthy rivalry should stay for few more years. This is what Kohli said to the press.
“I think it is more for the fans to put us in a group of young players coming up in world cricket. It is a healthy thing and great for the game, as well as a great topic for debate. It is great to know that you are part of a bunch of 4-5 players who are taking world cricket forward.”
“As an individual, I don’t focus on those things. Honestly, it is a massive distraction. When you are doing good, you feel like looking at the rankings you wanna see what people are talking about and where I am in the race. But when you are not doing well, the same thing backfires and you feel addicted to it. I totally move away from it.”
“To me, all these players are world class and I always rate them above me, in Test cricket especially, because of the way they have performed in the last one or two seasons and I understand my limitations”.
“In limited overs, yes, I have been performing really well, but I never try to outdo them in the longer format. I understand what I need to do for my team. My aim has never been to go above Joe or Steve or Kane. There is equal respect amongst us, David (Warner) included. I really admire the way all these guys play, and the healthy competition should go on for a few years,” he concluded.