Former Zimbabwe skipper Andy Flower has joined the debate as to who he thinks is a better batsman between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. Both counted among the modern greats and the Fab 5 of this generation, Smith and Kohli have been key to the success of their respective national teams in the recent past. In the recent Border-Gavaskar trophy, Kohli only played the first Test, while Smith has scored just 10 runs from his four innings so far.
“Well, it would be difficult to pick between them. Smith has done amazingly well in Test cricket. I have been surprised by how well he’s done. But he’s shown that he can adapt his game and that’s a wonderful quality to be able to adapt and evolve and develop like Smith has done,” Andy Flower told TOI.
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“Kohli is incredibly skillful, hungry (for runs), and likes combat. He likes the battle. And I really admire that in him. I admire his energy which is up all the time. I think they have both got very good leadership traits. They’re good role models. I know Steve Smith has had a few battles in that area, obviously. But I admire them both and I’m not going to pick one or the other,” Flower added.
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Andy Flower also looked back to his playing days and when he toured India. Interestingly, Flower has scored the most ODI runs against India among all the countries he played against. He scored 1298 runs in 36 ODI matches against India. He also scored his highest ODI score of 145 against them as well. His highest Test score of 232* is also against India as well.
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“Coming to India and not only playing in front of these crowds that love the game so much, but touring around the country to all sorts, all different parts of the country. And everyone knowing what was going on in the series, everyone knowing your stats, everyone knowing everything about the Zimbabwe squad. That’s my abiding memory about cricket in India,” concluded Flower.