Kohli is superstar who can keep Test cricket alive: Smith

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Nov 2018 14:52:42




VIRAT Kohli is a “superstar” who will be at the forefront of keeping Test cricket alive, feels former South African captain Graeme Smith. The year 2018 has been great for the Indian captain, who has produced some exceptional ODI feats including the fastest to reach the 10,000 club, elevating his stature as the best batsman in the world.

“World cricket is lacking huge amount of superstars. May be one or two in England. I think Virat (Kohli) is that guy (superstar),” Smith said in his address at the Jagmohan Dalmiya Annual Conclave (Chapter II) here Friday. “The fact that he loves Test cricket and puts in performances, it keeps Test cricket relevant in a country that loves the game with IPL and other T20s. It’s huge for the game.

“As long as Virat keeps promoting Test cricket as an icon and superstar, we all have the chance to keep the game relevant,” he added. Smith, who played 117 Tests while captaining South Africa in 109 of them, criticised the Kookaburra balls for adding to Test cricket’s misery. This has come at a time when members of the Indian team, including Kohli, who have slammed the quality of SG balls.

Terming the quality of Kookaburra balls as huge issue, Smith said: “The Kookaburra balls in particular is letting people down.”