Virat Kohli best, but Steve Smith record speaks for itself, says Sourav Ganguly
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly did not want to compare Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, emphasizing that India’s captain is still the best in the world, but Smith’s records speak for themselves.
Former Australian captain Smith retained his position at the top of the ICC Test Player Rankings after the Ashes with Kohli sitting behind him in second place.
Smith’s scores of 80 and 23 have helped him stay 34 points ahead of Kohli with 937 qualifying points, an incredible effort since the series started in fourth place with 857 points before his rise that came courtesy of 774 runs in four tests including a double hundred.
Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of Tata Steel Kolkata 25K
“These are questions that should not answer. How it matters, it’s about performance. Virat is the best in the world right now. So that’s what makes us happy,”
When asked about Smith, he said, “Your records speak for themselves… 26 Try hundreds, which is a phenomenal record.”
The sixth edition of the $100,000 Tata Steel Kolkata 25K will be held here on December 15.
Registrations for the annual race, to which the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has awarded it the status of a Silver Label event, will open at 7 am on Tuesday.
The race expects to attract more than 15,000 runners in five categories: 25K, Open 10K, Ananda Run (5 km), Senior Citizens ‘ Run (2.3km) and Champions with Disability (2.3km).
Ganguly was also asked about his ambitions to become India’s next coach. “Let one coach finish, then we’ll think of the other coach,” the 47-year-old said with a smile on his face.
“In any case, I’m already a coach. I take care of the capitals of Delhi at the IPL. In my first season last year, they did well. They went to the semi-finals for the last seven years, so it’s been good.”
Ravi Shastri re-elected as head coach of the Indian team until 24 November 2021.
Ganguly is currently the president of the Bengal Cricket Association (CAB), as well as associated with the IPL Delhi Capitals franchise as an advisor to the team. He also makes cricket commentary and is hosting a famous Bengali quiz.
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On the future of MS Dhoni, Ganguly said, “I don’t know what the selectors think, what Virat thinks. It’s the important people who make the decision.”
Ganguly also said India is the favorite to win the T20 and Test series at home against South Africa.
The first T20 washed in Dharamsala and the second T20 is on September 18 in Mohali. India will also play three tests against proteas.
“India is the favorites and team India at home is a dangerous team. They’re very hard to beat, and that’s been the case for years,” Ganguly said.