Two captains, loaded with immense talent with the hunger to thrive. They are the directors of the game of Cricket these days. We are talking about Indian captain Virat Kohli and Australian skipper Steve Smith both of which have attained great heights.
In the past couple of years, they have not only evolve or matured as an individual but also evolved immensely as captains. Virat Kohli who has taken India to nine consecutive Test series victories is a kind of leader every team envies. Steve Smith has also transformed himself into the most dangerous batsman in the Test cricket today.
The difference between Kohli and Smith according to Kepler Wessels
During one of the interviews with CricketNext, former cricketer Kepler Wessels, who played for both South Africa and Australia, pointed while Kohli is an aggressive player, Smith is more like an artist in his approach. “I think Kohli is terrific and I like the aggressive brand of cricket he plays. I like the way he can turn a match and the impact he has across all three formats. He is definitely one of the best batsmen at the moment. I like his personality and his aggression and the way he takes the game to the opposition, Smith is just phenomenal in the way he puts runs together at the crease,” said the former cricketer.
Surprised to see Rahane not included in the first test
Speaking further about the ongoing Test series between South Africa and India, Kepler said Rahane is a very good Test player on overseas tours. “I rate Rahane highly as a Test player and he has got a good away record. He is technically very sound. So, I was surprised to see him miss out on the Test match at the start of the series,” he said.
After Rohit Sharma’s less than ordinary performance in the first test and the second test to begin at the Centurion from 13th January, it will be interesting to see if Ajinkya Rahane will make it to the playing XI.