One of the most difficult jobs in world cricket is not to face the Australian bowling attack in Australia but to choose one among the Indian captain Virat Kohli and the former Australian captain Steve Smith in the longest format of the game.
There were several experts who were put in a spotlight to pick one among these 2 giants and this time, it was the former Zimbabwe great and one of the underrated left hand batsmen in world cricket in Andy Flower's turn.
Steve Smith started his career as a wrist spinner and was seen as the potential replacement for the legend Shane Warne but he was destined to become the 3rd best batsman after Sir Don Bradman and Sir Garry Sobers in the toughest format of the game in tests.
The colossal in Steve Smith averages 61 in test cricket after having played 75 test matches and these numbers speak for themselves. He has been nothing but a spectacle in this form of the game. He has scored runs in all the parts of the world and there is very little for him to prove in this format. When asked about Steve Smith, Andy Flower said,
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 also said that, Virat Kohli is incredibly skillful and his hungry for runs is something that he really admires.
“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,” Andy Flower concluded.