Right now, Virat Kohli is the best batsman because Steve Smith is not there: Ricky Ponting

The competition between the Indian and Australian players is well known. Before every major series, both arch-rivals attacks each other. Now during the series against England, former Kangaroo captain Ricky Ponting has given an awkward statement about Virat Kohli.

Regarding Virat Kohli, who is establishing a new record in every match, Ricky Ponting said that he is the best batsman of the world because Steve Smith is banned from international cricket.

Ponting was asked who is the number one batsman in the world. On this question he said, “Right now, he (Kohli) is because Steve Smith is not there.”

Ponting said this during an event of channel 7. He added, “(But) if Steve Smith was playing now, I’d have him as the number one player in the world,”

“The Ashes summer last year was just some of the best and purest batting as you’re ever going to see. To do it on the big stage in anAshes series, and to do it on the first day of an Ashes series when it counts the most, says a lot about him,” he justified his statement.

Virat Kohli and Steve Smith:

In the captaincy of Virat Kohli, Team India has won 39 out of 50 ODI matches, which is a record. He is joint number one with former great West Indies captain Clive Lloyd and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting. Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, the team India has won six T20I series in a row.

On the other hand, former Australia captain Steve Smith is facing a 1 year ban for tampering with the ball. It’s noteworthy that this year, after being found guilty of ball-tampering in the Cape Town Test against South Africa, Australian Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned from international cricket.

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