Australia legend Shane Warne agrees that Virat Kohli and Steven Smith are two of the best batsmen of the current generation but feels that Smith has an edge over the Indian captain when it comes to Test matches. Warne used Kohli’s tour of England in 2014 as a differentiating factor between the two.
"To me a great batsman has to have made a hundred in three key countries: in England, against the Duke ball on seaming and swinging pitches; in Australia, on our fast-paced, bouncy tracks; and of course, in the dust bowls of India, on pitches that spin and spit.
"The hole in Kohli's CV on the Test match stage is in England and the pressure is on the fiery but very likeable Indian to carry over some double-ton magic from home soil to that country when his team tours next year," he wrote in a column according to cricket.com.au.
Comparing Smith and Kohli, Warne said, "To me Steve Smith is the best Test batsman in the world. Virat Kohli is the best across all three formats of the game, but across five days, Smith is the man.”
Warne is renowned as one of the greatest spinners to grace the game.
--By A Cricket Correspondent