Steve Smith said – Virat good leader, he made India number-1 in Tests
Smith was made fun of by Indian fans in the World Cup last year, when Virat pacified him.
Virat received the ICC Spirit of Cricket award for the same reason, Smith said – he did a fantastic job
Dainik BhaskarJan 22, 2020, 07:50 PM IST Sports Desk. Australian batsman Steve Smith on Wednesday praised Indian captain Virat Kohli. He said, Kohli is a great captain and batsman. His figures testify to this. They are incredible players in all three formats. He has broken many batting records and in the future we will see him breaking many records. They have an appetite for runs. I hope that in future we will be able to keep his bat silent against Australia. If it happens then it will be good for us.
Smith added, "Virat made the Indian team number-1 in Tests. He has set high standards for the team. He is very vigilant about fitness and his health. They have brought the Indian team to a high point. He is a good captain. "
After receiving the ICC award, Virat said – I am surprised to get the honor
The Australian batsman broke the silence on Virat's good behavior at the World Cup last year. He said, "What the Indian captain did was fantastic. It should be appreciated. Smith was made fun of by Indian fans in a World Cup match last year. It was then Virat Kohli who pacified the Indian fans. For this reason, Virat received this year's ICC Spirit of Cricket award. However, the Indian captain himself was surprised to receive this award. He had said, "I got this honor when I was on target of people for the wrong reasons for the last few years."
Smith-Kohli last year in terms of average
Virat has played 46 matches in the last one year including Tests, ODIs and T20s. In this, he scored 2518 runs at an average of 66.26. During this time, the Indian captain scored 589 runs in 7 Tests, 1407 in 26 ODIs, while 522 runs in 13 T20s. Virat has scored 21683 runs in 407 matches so far in all three formats. He has averaged over 57.
At the same time, Smith has scored 1782 runs in 28 matches, including Test, ODI and T20 in the last one year. He averaged 66. During this period, the Australian batsman scored 1028 in 9 Tests, 608 in 13 ODIs, and 146 in 6 T20s. The batsman has scored 11843 runs in 230 matches (Tests, ODIs and T20s) so far in his international career. His average is 51.49.