Who is the best in the world at the moment? The question has got mixed answers with Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and quite a few others showing their class in the middle. Former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott is the latest to throw his hat in the debate which has set the cricketing world on fire.
Meanwhile, Elliott became a national hero after his semi-finals knock in the 2015 World Cup. He at length talked about his career and various other cricketing topics in an exclusive chat with Cricfit. The former blackcaps players also revealed who currently is the best Test batsman in the world.
Elliott went with Steve Smith ahead of Virat Kohli, who has dominated the scene for quite some time now. The Australian has a fabulous record in red-ball cricket. Smith is currently the number 1 batsman in ICC ranking in Test matches. Elliott praised his outstanding record and picked him as the best Test batsman at the moment.
Steve Smith has so far made 7227 runs in Test cricket at an average of 62.8 including 26 centuries. Smith made a heroic comeback in Test cricket during Ashes when he notched by more than 700 runs. He helped Australia retain the Ashes and also became the man of the series.
When it came to picking the better leader between Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli, he picked his countryman. The New Zealand skipper Williamson led his side to the World Cup final last year in England. Under him, the New Zealand side is considered to be one of the best teams in the World. He currently leads his side in all three formats with great success.
“I think am going to go with Williamson. I think it just would be his record I reckon, I think Kane across all three formats, I’d see him probably being more consistent,” Elliott said.
When a question was asked about who is the Sachin Tendulkar of New Zealand Cricket, he again went for Williamson. Grant Elliott picked the current skipper ahead of his former skipper Brendon McCullum, who is known to change the face of cricket in New Zealand.
“It has to be Kane again. I mean he is far more organised then Brendon was when we played. Williamson is so strong in the V down the ground, whereas Brendon was good square of the wicket,” said Elliott with a tongue in cheek.